By Rebekah Allen
Originally published on Advocate.com May 22 2014 1:35 PM ET
The moment Modern Family first graced our TV screens in 2009, it was clear that Mitch and Cam would become two LGBT TV MVPs. Sure enough, five years later, their much-anticipated wedding was one of the biggest (and to many, long overdue) events on television.
The cast themselves even threw a real-life reception, featuring the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. And with marriage equality wins in both Oregon and Pennsylvania this week, this wedding couldn't come at a better time. To celebrate, we've put together some of our favorite same-sex TV weddings, and we're so excited to be able to add Cam and Mitch to the list as well.
Mitchell & Cameron, Modern Family
Leon & Scott, Roseanne
In 1995 we had not seen a gay wedding of a recurring character until Roseanne braved this frontier. She planned the wedding for her friend Leon to his fiancé Scott herself, doing so as only Roseanne can — with male strippers and loads of drag queens. She even went as far as creating a groom-and-groom cake topper, using part of a classic wedding figure and a Pocahontas action figure. It was, if anything, too gay, and offended Leon’s conservative nature. Stereotypes aside, if it wasn’t for this wedding, the rest of this list just might not have happened.
Callie & Arizona, Grey’s Anatomy
Sure, Calzona have had their fair share of struggles in the past, present, and most likely future, but their wedding ceremony may have been Grey’s Anatomy’s finest. No matter what further seasons may hold for these ladies, at least we have these fond memories forever with us. Grey’s has never failed to prove its ability to crush our soul at times, so we can definitely use all the happiness we can get!
Bianca & Reese, All My Children
Bianca and Reese had quite the TV relationship experience, considering that they provided the first same-sex marriage proposal/legal wedding/on-screen family on an American soap opera. Still, the controversy that surrounded the event didn’t get in the way of a lovely, lengthy wedding that made us wish we actually kept up with soap operas.
Will & Sonny, Days of Our Lives
Over in Salem, Will and Sonny, Days of Our Lives’ first same-sex couple, tied the knot this year. Their relationship has been in the soap spotlight since 2011, when it was announced the show would add its first gay character, Sonny. The two became fittingly engaged on Valentine’s Day of this year and married in April. Here's to even more gay soap stars!
Kevin & Scotty, Brothers and Sisters
TV Guide voted them one of the Best TV Couples of All Time, and we’re certainly not arguing. The boys also managed to get a happy ending on the series finale after working through some marital issues and ended up with a picture-perfect family with two happy children. There's a lot to miss about the hit drama, but nothing more so than Kevin and Scotty.
Melanie & Lindsay, Queer as Folk
Funnily enough, this show that centers around a group of gay male friends featured its first wedding between two lesbians. It was another wedding that almost didn’t happen — it seemed that all was cursed and there was no hope, that is, until our favorite gays rallied around the ladies. Emmett, the self-proclaimed “big nelly bottom,” took the lead, giving the ladies a countryside wedding, which, safe to say, exceeded their expectations and might just have been better than anything they could have dreamed of.
Carol & Susan, Friends
Carol and Susan may not have a huge presence on Friends, but their wedding certainly left a lasting impression. Two NBC affiliates refused to air the episode aptly named “The One With the Lesbian Wedding” when it premiered back in 1996, but we’re pretty confident Susan and Carol would be happy with the progress TV has made since then. If Ross could learn to live with it, so can NBC!
Stef & Lena, The Fosters
Stef and Lena somehow managed to hit just about every possible obstacle in just 10 episodes of The Fosters, but all the turmoil was worth it when it came to the big family wedding that melted out hearts. It was the Macklemore and Mary Lambert–filled mid-season finale that secured our loyalty to ABC Family’s newest brood and even made the show one of our new favorites. This June, The Fosters will return with even more drama, teenage craziness, and family love, with Lena's recent pregnancy promising a brand new Adams Foster very soon. Just when we think we couldn't love The Fosters more, they find a way to prove us wrong!