Thursday, June 10, 2010

Child’s Play

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) grasps at a straw in his quest to keep gay soldiers in the closet.

According to the Associated Press, Skelton told reporters that repeal of the policy could put families in a difficult position because it could prompt children to ask about homosexuality.

“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, as Paul the Spud wonders, how many seven-year-old kids spend their time pondering military personnel policies? And if Mr. Skelton is so all-fired worried about exposing children to the idea that gay people exist and have lives, why is the homophobia lobby making so much noise about repealing DADT? It seems counter-intuitive to try to hide “adult” issues from children by plastering it all over the airwaves.

Second, why does Mr. Skelton think that “mommies and daddies” are incapable of explaining adult relationships between two people of the same gender in any different way than they explain the relationships between two people of the opposite sex? Why does he think that in order to explain how two men or two women can be in a loving and responsible relationship, he has to resort to a discourse on sex? Mature adults can explain something like that to their children with age-appropriate examples, assuming that the kids actually care about it.

Oh, and if his “biggest concern are [sic] the families,” then perhaps it’s time that someone explained to Mr. Skelton that not all families are the sitcom stereotypes that seem to inhabit his little corner of Whitebread America.