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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Mark Stenglein's Anti-Gay Record

Adapted from a post to Minneapolis Issues:

Posted 14 Oct 2006 20:08 by Eva Young

From a Lavender Magazine editorial on Stenglein during his 2001 mayoral run:


Of greatest concern to the GLBT community, however, is Stenglein's vote on domestic partner benefits. When a resolution came before the Hennepin County Board urging Gov. Jesse Ventura to authorize and extend domestic partner benefits to all Minnesota public employees, Stenglein's deciding vote sank it.

Lavender recommends that no member of our community support Stenglein's bid for mayor of Minneapolis.


From City Pages:

That's queer, we thought gay men were very clean.

Hennepin County commissioner Mark Stenglein buys a broom, rents a street sweeper, and runs for mayor of Minneapolis on a "clean up the city" platform. He then refuses to march in the Twin Cities Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Pride Festival.

From a Mark Brunswick Strib article in October 2001:

Despite contentions otherwise, Stenglein said the growing number of gay candidates will have an impact on the city's direction.

"Sooner or later there will be a gay agenda that emerges, and it won't be the same as the one for middle-class, two-parent, heterosexual families," he said.


Scott Benson, who ran for City Council for the first time, responded to
Stenglein on the Minneapolis Issues list:

Therefore, I was taken aback by the comment attributed to Mark Stenglein in this article: "Sooner or later there will be a gay agenda that emerges, and it won't be the same as the one for middle-class, two-parent, heterosexual families." The absurdity of this comment should be obvious, but in case it isn't, think about it for a moment. Imagine Mr. Stenglein implying that another group of people seeking public office had some sort of secret agenda that was contrary to that of the majority. Perhaps Mr. Stenglein, speaking of a group of Jewish officeholders, could just as well have said: "Sooner or later there will be a Jewish agenda that emerges, and it won't be the same as the one for middle-class, two parent, Christian families."

As my mother might say, Mr. Stenglein, I'm embarrassed for you.


A current county commissioner told me that Mark Stenglein also made a habit of giving anti-gay stump speeches when he ran for Mayor in 2001. A former county commissioner told me that Mark Stenglein is rabid on the topic of gays.

I have recent experience with Mark Stenglein on this topic. Stenglein stopped by the SD 58 Republican convention last year. I asked him to co-sponsor a resolution to put
Hennepin County on record in opposition to Michele Bachmann's marriage amendment. Mark Stenglein asked me to get the support of the convention on this prior to asking him. I thought he was elected to be on the county board - and to make those decisions.

Greg Gray, Stenglein's opponent has a good record in the legislature on these issues. Gray told me he'd introduced a resolution to put the county on record in opposition to the Bachmann amendment.

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