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Petitioning Representative Ike Skelton

Tell Representative Skelton to Apologize For His Homophobic Comments


Demand that Representative Ike Skelton (D-MO) issue a public apology for his recent homophobic remarks:

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Tuesday that he thought the military should keep its ban on openly gay service members in part because he did not want to open a national discussion about homosexuality. The chairman, Representative Ike Skelton, a conservative Missouri Democrat, said he thought the debate in Congress over the proposed repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy might force families to explain homosexuality to their children. "What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?" Mr. Skelton asked reporters at a news media breakfast. [1]

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[1] "He'd Rather Not Talk About 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'"

Letter to
Representative Ike Skelton
We demand a public apology from Rep. Ike Skelton for his homophobic and inaccurate comments this week about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. We know that the Show Me State has a vibrant LGBT community, and we stand with LGBT Missourians to demand more from Rep. Skelton.

Time and time again, Rep. Skelton has stood in the way of overturning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a reprehensible and bigoted piece of legislation that Skelton himself helped to create. It is time for our elected officials to no longer ignore that we live in their communities and that legislation like DADT continues to treat us as second-class citizens.

We demand that Rep. Skelton issue a public apology for his homophobic and inaccurate remarks, and that he end his public campaign to undercut the effort to repeal DADT.