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 Despite his opposition, the House repealed DADT in a 324-193 vote.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.”

As pointed out by Think Progress, Skelton recently pledged to continue with his campaign to preserve the odious practice of DADT, even though his constituents care little about the issue:

“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?


2 Responses to “Rep. Ike Skelton Opposes DADT Repeal to Protect Kids From the Gay Talk”

  1. Old Man Dotes on June 9th, 2010 7:14 pm

    Skelton looks like a pedophile to me.

  2. Queers In the News | Onward on June 15th, 2010 5:15 pm

    […] Congressman Ike Skelton (D-MO), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, doesn’t want DADT repealed because then parents would have to talk to their kids about homosexuality. To reporters at a news media breakfast: “What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?” Well, Congressman Skelton, that’s really not a tough one. They say “some people like different things. Most women like chocolate, but not all of them. Most kids like ice cream, but not all of them. Most men like women, but not all of them. And yes, women don’t all like men. But we can all get along.” They might even address the issue at hand with something like “All this means is that people who want to stand up for America in a special and important way can do it, without having to hide who they are.” […]

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