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'Modern Family' Star, Naperville Business Team Up to Support Same-Sex Marriage 


Yorkville Patch
January 4, 2013
By Collin Czarnecki

The Tie Bar owners Greg Shugar and his wife Gina are proving that small businesses are capable of doing big things - like teaming up with a celebrity and politician to rally support for same-sex marriage.

On Wednesday afternoon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a star of ABC's 'Modern Family', and Lt. Governor Shelia Simon visited The Tie Bar in Naperville to advocate the passing of gay marriage legislation in Illinois.

The Tie Bar, a popular Naperville-based online men's neckware company, recently partnered with Ferguson and his fiancé Justin Mikita's Tie the Knot organization. The Tie the Knot bow tie collection is designed and sold by The Tie Bar with all proceeds benefiting marriage equality.

Ferguson, Mikita and Simon will travel to Springfield for "Bow Tie Lobby Day" to lobby the General Assembly to pass marriage equality during this month's legislative session.