Former New York Representative Eric Massa, who resigned his House seat amid allegations that he groped several male staffers, refuses to say whether he's gay.

In at least two interviews, Massa, a Democrat, has dodged the question.

Speaking with CNN's Larry King, Massa said the question “insults every gay American.”

When King asked, “Are you gay?” Massa replied, “Well, here's my answer. I'm not gonna answer that. Ask my wife. Ask my friends. Ask the ten thousand men I served with in the Navy.”

“It insults every gay American,” he added. “It somehow classifies people. Why would anybody even ask the question in this day and age?”

“Because you said you groped someone who was a male,” King answered.

Massa averted the question in a similar fashion during a 90-minute interview on radio station WKPQ.

According to Massa, House ethics investigators “took my staff members into a room, and they grilled them for 31/2 to four hours. And the first question that they asked them was, 'Do you think Congressman Massa is gay?' Let me ask you something: So what if I was? … That's an issue between me and my wife, and trust me, she knows the answer.”

The western New York congressman announced Friday he would step down and has since suggested that Democrats forced him out because he was a “no” vote on President Obama's health care reform bill.

“Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill,” Massa said in his radio interview. “And this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill. And now they've gotten rid of me, and it will pass. You connect the dots.”