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Jesse Tyler Ferguson: Gays Exist Despite Whether Tenn. Says the Word

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: Gays Exist Despite Whether Tenn. Says the Word

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson defended Modern Family from the backers of the infamous "don't say gay" bill in Tennessee, where lawmakers equated the show with the supposed danger of talking about homosexuality before high school.

Rep. Joey Hensley, chairman of the education subcommittee that approved the bill last week, warned families that ABC's Modern Family might become the place where kids discover that gay people exist, according to a report from the hearing by the Nashville Scene. Then Hensley and his committee passed the "don't say gay" bill.

"If we just don't say things, it's not like they don't exist," argued Ferguson, who is gay, on The View.

"Don't say menopause!" joked Joy Behar. "Bye!"

While everyone agreed that parents should be talking to their own kids about the fact that gays and lesbians actually exist in the world, even Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the conservative of the group, argued against any government creating a bill banning talk about gay people in schools.

"What about the fact that there are kids committing suicide, and if you can't say gay, and they feel like they can't even be open about it in their community?" she asked. "It's not safe legislation."

Watch the exchange below.

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