As Cam and Mitch celebrate their wedded bliss on Modern Family‘s Season 6, let’s learn more about Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s real-life love, Justin Mikita.
1. He Got Married in NYC
They made it official in 2013 in New York City.
According to Us, Ferguson explained why they chose Gotham for their nuptials, saying, “We wanted to get married in New York, because that’s where it’s legal, so we want to support the state that’s in support of us.”
On Mikita’s birthday, his loving husband wrote on Instagram, “Happy birthday to my husband @justinmikita. I’m so glad he was born. He makes me the luckiest & happiest guy in the world and inspires me to be a better person.”
2. He Started a Tie Company
— The Tie Bar (@thetiebar) September 21, 2014
With his husband, he started a tie company, Tie the Knot, whose mission is “to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States & beyond, and to look damn good while doing it.”
They release ties seasonally and the proceeds go to gay and lesbian rights organizations.
3. He’s a Cancer Survivor
He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has been cancer free for 15 years.
4. He’s a Lawyer
He worked for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, Ferguson explained how his real life and sitcom world collided during the overturning of Prop 8:
My husband in real life, Justin Mikita, worked on the initiative to overturn Prop 8, and was very involved in seeing that all the way to the Supreme Court. So the company he worked for, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, shot a lot of footage of celebration day the day that Prop 8 was overturned. We were actually using footage from that day in the episode. I’m watching it in the scene on the computer and I call Cam and say, “We won! We won! It’s amazing! We can finally get married.” My real-life husband is on the computer screen celebrating the win. It was a crazy moment.
5. He’s an Actor & Producer
According to his imdb page, he produced a video titled 8, which focused on Prop 8 in California.