At a Memorial Day service honoring fallen troops at the Desert Lawn Cemetery in Yuma, AZ, Mayor Al Krieger decided that it was appropriate to denigrate the brave LGBT men and women who have served this country:
I cannot believe that a bunch of lacy-drawered, limp-wristed people could do what those men have done in the past.
Not surprisingly, Krieger is strongly opposed to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In a new interview with local NBC station KYMA, Krieger defended his remarks, saying that America’s greatest presidents would have agreed with his remarks:
I’m reluctant to compare myself to George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, but I did get some feedback, and I don’t think I said anything different than what they would have said.
At HRC Back Story, Eric Alva, a gay Marine veteran who was the first service member injured in the Iraq War, sharply responds to Krieger’s “hateful” remarks: “Many members in my unit knew I was gay — and this simple truth never once came in the way of our ability to do our job. It didn’t stop Navy corpsman Brian Alaniz from heroically coming to my aid after I stepped on a landmine, earning me the dubious distinction of being the first casualty in the Iraq War. Minutes later, he would become the second casualty of the war. Since then, we have stood by each other — literally — as we learned to walk again with our new prosthetic legs.”