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"I'm just more active in that community, and I feel a little more responsible for people's words and actions," said Stonestreet

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May 21, 2015 01:40 PM

Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s on a farm in Kansas City, Kansas, Eric Stonestreet says, he never had much interaction with the gay community.

Having just wrapped season 6 of Modern Family as the out-and-proud Cam Tucker, the actor says that playing a gay character has changed his perspective.

“Now that I’m more on the front lines of what it means to stand up for people’s equality I’m just more active in that community, and I feel a little more responsible for people’s words and actions,” Stonestreet, 43, told HuffPost Live on Wednesday.

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The actor, who has said that he’s heterosexual, added that if anybody targeted his on-screen husband, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, with a homophobic slur, he would “punch [them] out.”

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