Last night ABC's hit comedy Modern Family kicked off its fifth season by revisiting June 26, 2013, a historic day for same-sex couples. In a landmark victory for equality, the United States Supreme Court struck down the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' or DOMA, a law that prohibited the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples. In a 5 to 4 ruling, the Court determined that DOMA was unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. In a 5-4 vote, the Court also denied standing in Hollingsworth v Perry, which challenged the constitutionality of California's anti-gay Proposition 8 or Prop. 8, a statewide ban on marriage equality. The decision restored marriage equality in California where Modern Family is set.
Warning: the remainder of this post contains spoilers.
In the episode, Cameron and Mitchell celebrate the historic day by separately deciding to propose to each other, each making plans to try to impress the other and ending with the scene below.
In a story for The Hollywood Reporter, writer-producer Jeffrey Richman shared some insight into the storyline and how the episode came to be. He said, "As I started writing, I became unexpectedly emotional. I teared up writing it. I teared up hearing it read. And I completely teared up seeing that moment where they both just say "yes" at the exact same time. That was so moving for me. I felt like, 'OK, maybe I got it right because I never cry at weddings.'"
Tweet using the hashtag #CongratsMitchandCam to congratulate them and let's hope, when the wedding comes, the two of them will share a kiss.