Wednesday (June 26) was an historic day in America with the SCOTUS ruling that rendered the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, giving same-sex married couples the same federal rights as their heterosexual counterparts. It was a big day for LGBT citizens across the country, to be sure, but it could also be leading to a change in the TV landscape.
“Modern Family” co-creator Christopher Lloyd tells EW that the ruling could lead to a long-anticipated wedding for Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) in the show’s upcoming fifth season. “It’s a real possibility,” Lloyd says. “It’s certainly something we are contemplating on the show in ways we wouldn’t have in prior seasons.”
As “Modern Family” is set in California, the couple is now free to legally wed, with the additional ruling on Wednesday that struck down Prop 8, returning marriage equality to the state. “”As you can imagine in Cam and Mitchell’s life, they would be feeling that a door has opened that was closed to them,” Lloyd continues. “Wouldn’t it be pretty tempting to think about walking through it? We imagine a lot of gay couples today are deciding whether to get married now that it’s open to them. From our standpoint, that’s something to explore.”
But Mitch and Cam aren’t the only gay couple on TV. We thought we’d take a look at television’s other prominent gay couples and take stock of where they stand with SCOTUS’ ruling.
– Callie (Sara Ramirez) & Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), “Grey’s Anatomy”
When ABC’s long-running medical drama returns this fall for its tenth season, Callie and Arizona will be working through Arizona’s adultery, but this time as a married couple with federal protections. The couple is married, legally, as Washington state is one of the handful of states to have already legalized same-sex marriage. With the DOMA ruling, however, their union (however fraught) is finally equal on a federal level.
– Kurt (Chris Colfer) & Blaine (Darren Criss), “Glee”
At the end of Season 4, Blaine was planning to propose to Kurt, though it didn’t happen before the finale ended. With Season 5 said to be picking up right where the fourth left off, it will be difficult to incorporate the SCOTUS rulings. (Although, logic has never stopped this show before.) Another wrench in the works? Ohio’s state constitution makes same-sex marriage illegal, thereby making the repeal of DOMA ineffective. It could be interesting to see the show explore the ramifications of that, however it’ll likely just have the characters wed in New York (where Kurt is going to school).
– Emily (Shay Mitchell) & Paige (Lindsey Shaw), “Pretty Little Liars”
While Emily certainly has other things to worry about (like, surviving A’s every attempt on her life, for instance), should she and Paige decide to make things official once they graduate, they’re going to have to do it far away from Rosewood. Pennsylvania is another of the chunk of states that only recognizes marriage as being between a man and a woman.
– Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) & Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), “Rizzoli & Isles”
Okay, this one is pure fan-fiction fantasy, but should these two crazy kids ever wake up and realize they’re each other’s soul mate, they can make it official. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, providing these Boston beauties the opportunity to legally wed — in Season 10, when the show needs a ratings boost.