A couple of weeks ago (before the DADT deal was announced), Rep. Ike Skelton, the Democratic chair of the House Armed Services Committee, explained why he wouldn't move forward on DADT repeal:
"You won't find any mention of the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,'" Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri said of the draft language for the bill, adding that he and the ranking Republican member of the committee had an agreement not to address the gay ban in committee. "Mr. [Buck] McKeon and I have spoken about this, we have agreed to support Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates' request for time to study the issue, and we do not support this issue being raised in this markup."
Skelton came out today and finally said the real reason he's against DADT repeal, and it has nothing to do with the military's timeline:
Rep. Ike Skelton, a conservative Missouri Democrat, said he thinks the debate in Congress over the proposed repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law might force families to explain homosexuality to their children.
"What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?" Skelton asked reporters during a media breakfast.
There you have it, folks. Unfiltered homophobia. I'm glad Skelton was so candid.