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Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” May Mean Talking to Kids About Homosexuality

By Katrina Robinson

…and I don’t see that as a bad thing. However, my point of view is not shared by many out there. Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Ike Skelton stated that the military should not do away with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. And why, you ask? Because he thinks that the policy helps parents avoid having to talk to their kids about homosexuality.

Ike’s warnings may not carry much weight, however, since Congress has already moved toward authorizing a repeal of the policy, which bans homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces.

Skelton told reporters that the policy’s repeal could put families in an awkward position, as it could prompt children to ask their parents about homosexuality. Skelton asked this question, “What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?” Well, geez, Ike. I don’t know. How about “Sometimes boys and girls love each other, sometimes boys love other boys, and sometimes girls love other girls”?

I think that was pretty damned simple. But maybe I’m just over-simplifying…although I certainly don’t think so.

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