Alex Blaze

Thank you, Ike Skelton, for your honesty

Filed By Alex Blaze | June 09, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

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Tags: Democrats, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Evan Bayh, gays in the military, ike, lesbian, LGBT, military, skelton

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.

Because it's a lot easier to debate someone who thinks that making the lives of LGB military hell is the price we need to pay in order to avoid discussions of military policy with seven-year-olds than it is to keep on answering, "Just a few more months. Be patient."

Like with Evan Bayh yesterday saying that he's glad his 15-year-old sons didn't see two women kissing, there are still lots more Democratic leaders who should be coming out of the homophobic closet. Because everything we're hearing on this legislation, the excuses, the broken promises, the foot-dragging, seems more like an internal debate spun out of control within the party than a unified party stance to eventually pass these bills, just a little bit later.


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I was born and raised in "Missourah", and y'know, I can't say I blinked an eye at this. Can't be teaching our children about gays - not when we still teach 'em "smear the queer" as good ol' fun. It don't make sense! Oh, and transition services? I hope you can drive to Springfield or St. Louis city (and even then, south central @ Tower Grove might be your only shot), and you still might get a whuppin' when you leave.

This is just a small number of many reasons why I moved to the west coast. And I'm not even looking back.
~Taelyn

Johnny U. S. Marine | June 9, 2010 12:34 PM

What's he gonna tell the kids who think he's a moron.

Won't someone think of the children?

*swoons*

He's a Christian - Disciples of Christ brand.

They don't "explain" anything to their children, they teach them that "homosexuality is wrong, sinful and deviant."

They do this before they reach the age of 7. He was worried about contradicting his "Faith."

He's a Christian - Disciples of Christ brand.

They don't "explain" anything to their children, they teach them that "homosexuality is wrong, sinful and deviant."

They do this before they reach the age of 7. He was worried about contradicting his "Faith."