06/09/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Representative Ike Skelton is worried about repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and what it will mean for the children. You know, the children in our military. Maybe he is referring to the ones represented by Commodore 64 Zap Brannigan. Apparently, we have children in our military.
It is the old homophobic canard, of course. “We” have to protect the children. “We” have to think of the families. “We” have to figure out how to not sound like “we” are homophobes while still making sure that homophobic laws remain in place. Besides, who is this “we”?
Rep. Skelton made it clear that he has every intention of opposing a repeal to a law that his constituents do not, apparently, give the backside of a rat about. He has traveled all over his district and no one has voiced concern about it. They are worried about their jobs. They are worried about the economy. They do not care about DADT. They certainly do not care about what military families are going to say to their children about the lesbian or gay couple who moved into the base housing right next to theirs.
Apparently, he is worried about what these military parents are going to tell their children about homosexuality. Well, what are they telling them right now? According to the Associated Press via Think Progress, Skelton stated:
“What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?” he asked.
Skelton, one of the 26 Democrats who opposed repeal in the House, added that his “biggest concern are the families.”
Well, the thing is, they are already going to have to explain it to their children with or without DADT being there, so it is not like this is a real issue for the military. Rep. Skelton might as well just admit that he hates lesbians and gays because they are, well, lesbian or gay. Instead, he has to insult his constituents and the American people who now oppose DADT’s existence by a whopping 75% by resorting to a homophobic red herring.
Military families are already having to explain to their children about homosexuality. They have to because it is on the television. It is not as if these military families are living in a bubble. What are they telling their children when they live on NATO bases in Europe? Does it matter?
Representative Skelton may not like it, but the reality is he is not opposed to repealing DADT because he is trying to protect children. He is opposing it because he just hates lesbians and gays and does not want to admit it.