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Posted on Advocate.com  June 09, 2010

Skelton on DADT: What About the Kids?

By Michelle Garcia

Missouri Democratic congressman Ike Skelton says the military should retain the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly so parents can avoid talking to their children about homosexuality.

Skelton, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has been a vocal opponent of the move to end “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Skelton told reporters Tuesday that the repeal could put parents in the position of talking to their curious children about being gay.

“What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?” he asked, according to CBS News.

As somebody on a blog somewhere commented (paraphrase): “Now we’re basing national policy on the opinions of seven year old kids?”

Okay, given the republican minority’s behavior in Congress I may need to rephrase that question.

My guess is that most seven year olds don’t care.