Jesse Tyler Ferguson Marries Justin Mikita In New York Ceremony

Jesse Tyler Ferguson married Justin Mikita in New York yesterday (Saturday 21st July). The couple announced their engagement in September last year whilst on holiday in Mexico. The couple have been together for three years.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita at the 67th Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall, New York.

Ferguson plays Mitchell Pritchett on ABC's Modern Family. His character is a lawyer on the show and his new husband is really a lawyer! The couple reside in California but had to marry in New York because, as Ferguson said on The View last month, "that's where it's legal".

His appearance on The View came a day after the Supreme Court's ruling of California's Proposition 8, which stated "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California", was unconstitutional. After the law was passed Ferguson said "we're too far down the planning path to change" the wedding from New York to California. He went on to say "weddings are expensive" and that the couple's decision was economic: "we wanted to give that money to a state that accepted us as an equal". 

Ferguson has been nominated for an Emmy in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Ferguson's Modern Family co-star Julie Bowen tweeted "it's official Jesse Tyler and Justin Mikita are Mr and Mr! #best wedding ever". She has also been nominated for an Emmy award as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. 

According to People, the ceremony was performed by playwright Tony Kushner. Whilst guests included Cat Deely, Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, with whom he guest judged So You Think You Can Dance With

Ferguson tweeted "never been happier" shortly after the wedding and his new husband simply said one word "husband. Mikita has later commented, via Twitter, asking news outlets to use this word as opposed to "partner".

The couple support The Knot, a charity which helps couples to gain equal rights marriages in other states. Instead of wedding gifts they asked for donations to be made to this charity.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Julie Bowen 
Julie Bowen at 2013 USA Network Upfronts held at Pier 36, New York.

Cat Deeley
Cat Deely at FOX 2103 Upfront Presentation Post-Party at Wollman Rink, New York.


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