Gay activists protested outside one of Ike Skelton's four Missouri offices Thursday demanding an apology from the congressman over his recent comments on repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” Columbia NBC affiliate KOMU reported.

About twenty people from two gay rights organizations protested Skelton's opposition to repeal of the law that prohibits gay troops from serving openly because the topic isn't family friendly.

“What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?” the 78-year-old Skelton said two weeks ago. “My biggest concerns are the family.”

In his role as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Skelton blocked an amendment that would repeal the law from being debated by committee members. The full House, however, voted in favor of attaching the amendment to the defense budget, a move Skelton voted against.

“Dragging families and children into the issue is not part of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal,” Will Roth, a member of the Missouri-based gay rights group Show Me No Hate, told Jefferson City CBS affiliate KRCG. “It has nothing to do with children and families. It has nothing to do with mommies and daddies telling their seven-year-old child about gay people or why gay people want to serve in the military.”

“We are prepared to hold the Congressman accountable for his homophobia,” Ed Reggi, co-founder of Show Me No Hate, said on the group's website.

The groups presented Skelton staffers with petitions signed by more than 3,000 people. Organizers said they plan to demonstrate at Skelton's other offices.