Ann Romney's favorite TV show may be "Modern Family," which features committed gay couple Cam and Mitch. But the show's co-creator isn't a fan of the Romneys' position on marriage equality.
After Romney revealed that she enjoys the Emmy-winning ABC comedy in a video interview with The Insider, Steve Levitan took to Twitter to make the potential First Lady an offer that made it clear he doesn't agree with her husband's stance on gay marriage.
Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We'll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam's wedding. As soon as it's legal.— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) August 28, 2012
Although Mitt Romney claimed to be a bigger proponent of gay rights than Ted Kennedy in his 1994 Massachusetts Senate race, he has said throughout the presidential campaign that he does not support gay marriage. In a June speech at Liberty University, he affirmed that he believes that, "Marriage is between one man and one woman."
The Romneys are also members of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints, which raised tens of millions of dollars to support Proposition 8, the 2008 California Ballot measure that outlawed gay marriage in that state. The Romneys' 2010 tax return indicates that the couple has tithed $4.7 million to the church over the past 10 years, and will give another $4.13 million in the next two years through the family's trust, the Tyler Charitable Foundation.
In 2002, The Boston Globe reported that Mrs. Romney signed a petition to ban gay marriage and domestic partnership rights in Massachusetts.
The Obamas have also listed "Modern Family" among their favorite family shows. In a 2010 interview with People Magazine, President Obama said that, "For the girls and me, 'Modern Family,' that's our favorite show." Obama came out in support of gay marriage in a June interview with Robin Roberts after months of "evolving" on the issue. He has not pursued any legislative agenda to bring about that change.
Levitan's response is similar to Rage Against The Machine frontman Tom Morello's reaction to hearing that Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan considers RATM to be his favorite band. Morello wrote in Rolling Stone that Ryan is "the embodiment of the machine that our music rages against."
Check out Ann Romney'a statement about "Modern Family" at the end of the video below.
Clarification: Language has been changed to reflect the fact that only members of Congress can "introduce" bills.
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