"If we played even the tiniest role in helping to defeat Prop 8 and giving all gay people the equal rights they deserve, then I'm a happy man," Steve Levitan tells TheWrap.
With the U.S. Supreme Court preparing to hear arguments on whether California's Proposition 8 should be overturned Tuesday, "Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan told TheWrap on Monday that he'd be "happy" if his hit ABC sitcom helped influence the outcome.
"If we played even the tiniest role in helping to defeat Prop 8 and giving all gay people the equal rights they deserve, then I'm a happy man," said Levitan.
Among the series' stars are Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, who play Mitchell and Cameron, a gay couple that adopts a child.
"One of the great pleasures of doing 'Modern Family' is the feedback we get from gay people and their families who tell us that their love of the show and their affection for Mitchell and Cameron opened the door for conversation and acceptance," Levitan added.
"Modern Family," which premiered in Sept. 2009, has received numerous awards, including two Emmys for Stonestreet in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category.
The series was also feted at the 2011 GLAAD Media Awards, receiving an award in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.