Two teens are calling on Alabama lawmakers to repeal a law which requires schools to incorrectly teach that gay sex is a criminal offense and “not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.”

High school students Sarah Noone and Adam Pratt's petition has received more than 87,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.

The petition is in support of a proposed bill which would repeal the law. The bill's author, Democratic Representative Patricia Todd, is also the state's first openly gay legislator.

“I don't know if anybody is actually teaching this, to be honest with you,” Todd told the Anniston Star. “But the fact that this is even in the law is an insult.”

The Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws in 2003.

Noone, 16, said the law sends a “dangerous message.”

“Think of the dangerous message this law sends to lesbian, gay and bisexual youth in schools,” said Noone. “Can you imagine the self-hatred you would feel inside after hearing a teacher say that being gay is a criminal act and that society will never accept you? All students deserve to feel safe and welcome in school, but this law prevents that.”

“Supporting Rep. Patricia Todd's bill isn't about accepting gay people, it's about making our schools a place where all students can feel safe. I know that if enough people sign our petition, the legislature will hear what Alabama youth have to say.”

In an appearance on cabler Current's The War Room, Pratt said that response to the petition had been mostly positive.

“It's actually mostly been positive, in regards to the petition,” Pratt said. “There's been a little bit of feedback on the national level, in comments on the petition and other postings about the petition of people basically hating on Alabama and saying that we're such a not accepting place. When in reality, any state in the union is going to have the same issues that we have. We just have kind of become more public about them.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)