Rep. Ike Skelton Opposes DADT Repeal to Protect Kids From the Gay Talk
June 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The children. Think of the children. Long-term Congressman Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) has reverted to using little kids as cover for his none too subtle display of homophobia, as he continues to bash the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.” Although numerous military leaders and the majority of Americans support the rights of gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly, Skelton, 79, is not about to allow 21st century reality get in the way of his anti-gay philosophies. He told reporters recently that the repeal of DADT would force military moms and dads to explain the horrors of homosexuality to their children, traumatizing them for life.
Skelton, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made his remarks during a news media breakfast on Tuesday. When his opposition to the repeal of DADT came up, Skelton invoked the specter of parental gay talks with first-graders:
“What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?” Skelton asked. The conservative lawmaker was one of 26 Democratic House members to vote against the repeal of DADT. Despite his opposition, the House repealed DADT in a 324-193 vote.
He says his “biggest concern are the families.”
“Skelton also said yesterday that he will continue opposing repeal, even though his constituents don’t care about gays openly serving in the military. “I was everywhere in my district, everywhere. It just wasn’t raised,” Skelton said. “There are other things on people’s minds, like jobs and the economy.”
“I oppose it, period,” said Skelton.
Skelton, has represented Missouri’s Republican leaning fourth district in the House since 1977. Maybe it’s time to retire?