Members of the LGBT organizations GetEqual
and Show Me No Hate
say they will drop off a petition with 3,000-plus signatures calling for the Missouri Democrat to apologize for "homophobic remarks"
he made last week about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
During a media breakfast June 8, Skelton -- chair of the House Armed Service Committee -- told reporters he didn't want gays to serve openly in the military because it's just not family friendly.
"What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?" Skelton
asked journalists at a media breakfast. "My biggest concerns are the
Protesters also plan to read aloud a letter addressed to Skelton from a gay, Missouri soldier who is currently on active duty in Baghdad and facing discharge under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
In a statement
, Show Me No Hate co-founder Ed Reggi
says that the Missouri Democrat's refusal to apologize for last week's "homophobic remarks" can only be interpreted as a "blatant disregard for the care and
treatment of his gay and lesbian constituents" and that today's protest will "hold the Congressman accountable for his homophobia."
A group of gay-rights activists plans to protest outside U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton's district office in Jefferson City this morning.