"Homophobic Remarks" Prompt Protest Outside Ike Skelton's District Office Today
|Ike Skelton: Defender of Family Values|
Members of the LGBT organizations GetEqual and Show Me No Hate say they will drop off a petition with 3,000-plus signatures calling for the Missouri Democrat to apologize for "homophobic remarks" he made last week about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
During a media breakfast June 8, Skelton -- chair of the House Armed Service Committee -- told reporters he didn't want gays to serve openly in the military because it's just not family friendly.
"What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?" Skelton asked journalists at a media breakfast. "My biggest concerns are the family."
Protesters also plan to read aloud a letter addressed to Skelton from a gay, Missouri soldier who is currently on active duty in Baghdad and facing discharge under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
In a statement, Show Me No Hate co-founder Ed Reggi says that the Missouri Democrat's refusal to apologize for last week's "homophobic remarks" can only be interpreted as a "blatant disregard for the care and treatment of his gay and lesbian constituents" and that today's protest will "hold the Congressman accountable for his homophobia."