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Eric Stonestreet refused to be photographed with Rick Santorum

07/25/2014 9:46 AM

07/25/2014 9:46 AM

Here’s a heads-up to any politician out there who doesn’t support gay marriage: Please don’t ask KCK native Eric Stonestreet to pose with you.

The Emmy-winning “Modern Family” star told HuffPost Live this week about an incident at the White House Correspondents Dinner in May.

“Rick Santorum wanted a picture with me. It was at a time when he was publicly saying, 'Gay marriage, gay marriage (is wrong),' and I'm like, ‘You know, I can't do it,’” said Stonestreet, whose Cameron Tucker character on the ABC comedy is gay.

“It was with him and his kids or something like that, and I said, ‘I'd be happy to take a picture with the kids, but I can't just be in a picture with (Santorum.)’”

On the other hand ...

“President Obama mentioned in an interview like three weeks ago, just casually, that Michelle and the kids watch Mitch and Cam and they’re in tears,” he said.

“To hear the leader of the free world, the president of the United States, say that and to know we have that sort of reach with people and that the people in power and leadership are watching the show (is incredible).”

Stonestreet this week also talked about gay players in the NFL, telling the Associated Press that one day it won’t require courage for athletes to speak openly about their sexuality.

“It's going to be considered common. It's not going to feel taboo, and people are not going to feel they need to be closeted or keep their sexuality a secret because of other people's opinions,” he said.

“Times are changing and Jason Collins, Michael Sam and those guys who have come out are most definitely having an impact with society.”

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