St. Louis Public Radio
reporter Marshall Griffin has an amusing story
today on Missouri legislators attempting to make themselves relevant to a national debate currently underway.
In Washington D.C. this morning, the Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings to review the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
policy towards homosexuals in its ranks.
And in Jefferson City, state lawmakers rolled out resolutions both in support and opposition to gays serving openly in the military.
On one side is state senator
The Missouri Democratic party,
meanwhile, is accusing Stouffer of using taxpayer-funded resources to
hold the press conference, and suggests it was staged to garner free
publicity for Stouffer's campaign for Congress.Stouffer denies the accusation."The
federal government was created by the states to serve the states...I
think that state legislators, uh, legislatures, certainly have an
obligation to let their congressional folks know how they feel...this
is not political in my mind at all," Stouffer said.
He's right. It's sexual.