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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.

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