Jesse Tyler Ferguson Hopes Modern Family Is Changing Mitt Romney

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (R) and Justin Mikita attends the Barneys New York Celebration Launch of Gaga's Workshop at Barneys New York on November 21, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Barneys New York)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, on the right, with his partner Justin Mikita. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Jesse Tyler Ferguson was surprised to learn that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — who at one time vowed to do more for gay rights than liberal stalwart Ted Kennedy, but now supports a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and even opposes civil unions — is a fan of Modern Family, the hit sitcom that, in large part, seeks to validate gay relationships.  “Oh really?” Tyler Ferguson, who plays one half of the show's same-sex couple, responded when we mentioned it at the Gaga’s Workshop launch party at Barneys last night.

It may seem like a perplexing choice for Romney, but the openly gay Tyler Ferguson, who was named one of Out magazine’s most influential people last week, reacted with delight. “Well I hope Mitt Romney is wondering why he likes the show so much,” he told us. “Maybe he sees that [gay parents] Mitchell and Cameron aren’t quite so bad, and maybe he needs to re-think some things. But I love that he watches the show. I think that’s very big of him, and I’m hoping that he’s being changed a bit, in his heart.”