Jesse Tyler Ferguson has responded to a Tennessee lawmaker's claim that Modern Family's gay content makes it inappropriate for children.

At a Tennessee House subcommittee hearing considering public testimony on state Senator's Stacey Campfield's proposed bill which would outlaw the discussion of sexual minorities in Tennessee's public schools before the ninth grade – dubbed the “Don't Say Gay” bill – Chairman Joey Hensley, a supporter of the bill, responded to a pastor's comment that children who watch Modern Family might have questions on the subject of sexuality. Hensley said he did not think the show was appropriate for children.

Appearing Tuesday on ABC's The View, Ferguson said not talking about gay people doesn't make them go away.

“It seems really, really ridiculous,” said Ferguson, who is openly gay. “I mean, if we just don't say things, it's not like they don't exist.”

“If you don't want to talk about it in schools, OK I'm fine, but don't make a bill about it. Because it puts us in really dangerous waters. It makes these kids feel like they are being stigmatized,” he added.

Co-host Sherri Shepherd said she did not want her children learning about the topic in school because teachers could frame being gay as a choice. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)