Yuma mayor calls gays 'limp-wristed' and 'lacy-drawered'

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YUMA, Ariz. — Mayor Al Krieger of Yuma says he is reluctant to apologize for disparaging comments he made about gays in the military.

Speaking at a Memorial Day ceremony, Krieger said: "I cannot believe a bunch of lacy-drawered, limp-wristed people could do what those men have done in the past."

In a recent interview with Yuma station KYMA, Krieger said he believes his remarks weren't any different than what George Washington or Abraham Lincoln might have said on the subject.

Almost two weeks after his original comments Krieger says he stands by his belief that repealing the nation's "don't ask, don't tell" policy would be bad for the military.  Krieger said: "We need solid, strong, men, not pacifist to fight those battles." 

Army veteran and human rights activist Jarrod Chlapowski says Krieger's remarks are not just insensitive, but they're also inaccurate.  Chlapowski says: "Gays and lesbians have been serving in the military since this country was founded. " 

Chlapowski believes the don't ask, don't tell policy goes against basic military principles, and said, "it forces lying when integrity is so essential to building bonds of trust and cohesion."

Krieger says he never meant to offend anyone by his remarks adding, "It came from my heart and that's the way I feel about things."