Thursday, June 10, 2010

Skelton Defends "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" To Prevent Discussing Gays

Why should thousands of gays have to live a lie through "don't ask, don't tell" in order to serve in the military? Apparently one reason is because Rep. Ike Skelton (left) doesn't want to talk about gays, and he doesn't want anyone else to, either:

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday said he thinks the military should keep its ban on openly gay service members in part because he doesn't want to open a national discussion about homosexuality.

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.

Skelton is among 26 House Democrats who joined 168 Republicans in opposing the overturning of the policy. Adding to the absurdity of Skelton's views is the unfortunate fact of his chairmanship of the Armed Services Committee. In addition, he isn't responding to concerns of his constituency, but to his own discomfort with the very existence of gays:

Skelton told reporters that no one in his district has raised the issue with him, but he says he still doesn't think the discussion is family-friendly enough.


Michael, The Molar Maven said...

I look at "Don't ask, don't tell" as the first step in a process leading to "No need to ask, no need to tell, because it's none of your business." It served it's purpose, now move on.

Jeff Tone said...

It might also lead to "No need to ask because the military can't afford to lose the services of talented and dedicated people simply because they're gay."