It’s not legal (yet) for gay Californian couples to marry.
But that’s not stopping the ACLU’s new ACLU Action initiative from launching a campaign that urges Modern Family’s producers “to script a wedding episode for popular gay characters Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker.” The ACLU put up a website and wants you to RSVP accordingly.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitch, responded via Instagram: “Love this! Thank you ACLU! Maybe once Prop 8 is overturned!”
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More from the ACLU’s press release:
“The freedom to marry is being advanced in American living rooms as much as in court rooms,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. “As we wait for the Supreme Court to rule, we want to keep this issue on the minds and screens of Americans everywhere.”
ACLU Action aims to activate the ACLU’s 750,000 online supporters to have a political impact through social media and new grassroots organizing tools, and to reach out to new audiences, with its message of equal rights for all. By calling on Americans to “RSVP” that they will watch Cam and Mitch get married, the campaign will let the “Modern Family” producers know that a wedding episode would be a ratings hit. The campaign will put marriage equality before new and younger audiences through social media channels.
Here are three quick reasons why this is a woefully misguided sham:
1. While marriage is an important step for some couples, and a great option for every couple, stop trying to force every gay tandem in America to join the institution. Some couples are happy living their lives the way they are now — keen partnership, total kinship, tranquil domestic lives, a family already. Mitch and Cam have an adorable daughter, they’ve been together forever, their extended family loves them and surely they’re happy as is. Many/most real couples live this way, and they don’t need a document to fulfill someone else’s dreams for them.
2. Telling show producers and writers what to do is bossy horseshit. Modern Family has done wonders showing what life is really like for a monogamous gay couple. Producers and writers on the show have perhaps accomplished the best “humanizing” work for the LGBT community in entertainment history. Who are you to tell them what direction they should go next? Let them continue to do with their characters what they see fit. You want Mitch and Cam to get hitched so badly? Make your own freakin’ show and have those people get married.
3. Have we run out of real-life issues affecting real-life people? Perhaps the producers of Modern Family should start their own online campaign telling the ACLU what they should do next — spoiler: it’s defending the rights of real people. Cynically, this seems like nothing more than a Big Data Grab, an opportunity for the ACLU to collect names, addresses and zip codes for when they really need amateur activists on actual injustice.
ACLU, your effort is duly noted. Thanks for trying to fight for the rights of the LGBT community. But this is a waste of everyone’s time.