Skubick: State's new Civil Rights leader mum on gay marriage - KMSP-TV

Skubick: State's new Civil Rights leader mum on gay marriage

Posted: Updated:

For years the state's Civil Rights Commission has steadfastly supported gay marriage so you might assume that the new guy they hired to run the agency would be on board, too.

Turns out, based on his first media interview on the subject, Matt Wesaw is not revealing how he feels but quickly pledges, "I work for the commission so I'm O.K. with what they want to do."

Given a second opportunity to self-disclose, he stayed on message.

"Ah, I'm not here to run the department based on my personal position."

At this juncture it was suggested that those answers might raise some eyebrows in the gay community. He seemed comfortable and prepared for that.  "I'm here to treat everybody fairly.  To work, to make sure everybody is treated fairly and equally."

"But you don't give your personal position?"

"I don't think my personal opinion is important.  What's important is equal access."  That was his story and obviously he was sticking to it.

To be fair, just because he won't acknowledge his position does not necessarily mean he's against gay marriage, but wouldn't you think if he was, he would just say so to be in sync with his new bosses?

Emily Deivendorf, who lobbies for the LGBT community was asked to check in on this.  She selected her words very carefully obviously not wanting to diss the new guy right off the bat.

"I've heard wonderful things about him," she offered while suggesting she would give him the benefit of the doubt.

However she did concede that his job is not only to represent the civil rights commission but "it's his job to speak for us" and in this instance she concludes he did not "stand-up."

Yet she explains since Gov. Rick Snyder has declined to wade into this as well, "he was choosing to work in the style of the governor."

Just as many in this town believe that Mr. Snyder will eventually come around on the issue, probably after the election, she also thinks that Mr. Wesaw will "come out as a champion for the LGBT community," as well.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

    Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:32 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:32:29 GMT
    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially...
    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt...
  • Concerns raised over 'Obamacare' abortion coverage

    Concerns raised over 'Obamacare' abortion coverage

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:22:01 GMT
    A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.
    A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.
  • Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:03:09 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...
    American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an...
  • PoliticsPoliticsMore>>

  • Election info for 2014 Michigan primaries

    Election info for 2014 Michigan primaries

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-08-05 19:41:25 GMT
    Polls are open until 8 p.m.  Go inside this story to find out where you need to go to vote and get information on some of the top races and issues.
    Polls are open until 8 p.m.  Go inside this story to find out where you need to go to vote and get information on some of the top races and issues.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices