State Senate candidate Mark Segebart,
a Crawford County supervisor.
He wore a red ascot. Seemed more than a touch
too fastidious during those cartoon adventures.
And Fred on “Scooby-Doo” never put the moves
on Daphne. Come on, it was the early ’70s and
Fred had a groovy van, man. Nothing shaggy going
on with Daphne?
The reason is clear. I didn’t see it when I
was 5 years old, eating pancakes and watching
Saturday morning cartoons, but Fred is Fire
Island gay. Velma, one of his sidekicks, is
suspiciously lesbian, too.
Fortunately, I did not succumb to the lifestyle
signals the cartoonists with the “Scooby-Doo”
series were sending to my developing mind, Saturday
They failed. They couldn’t turn me gay.
Somewhere around the second-grade, when I turned
off my Bugs Bunny radio and tried to fall asleep,
my mind wandered to thoughts of my classmate
Royale Kristofferson, her beautiful golden locks.
Those curls. Would I kiss her one day? Could
we be married? How could I be around her more
during recess? Can 7-year-olds be in love? There
just can’t be anybody more beautiful in the
world, can there?
Fred and his ascot lost to biology. I’m hard-wired
for attraction to women. TV couldn’t switch
that — or even inspire a passing curiosity.
That’s not the story for everyone, says Republican
State Senate candidate Mark Segebart, a Crawford
County supervisor. Many people are vulnerable
to the purveyors of the gay agenda, he says.
Television shows, movies and media coverage
in general can make being gay seem like an awfully
intriguing option, said Segebart, who is seeking
to represent Senate District 6, a sweep of western
Iowa that includes Audubon, Carroll, Sac and
Buena Vista counties, and part of Crawford County.
“We need to change the way media — and I’m talking
here Hollywood mostly — demonstrates what society
should be like, the wrong image of gay people
being something more than the rest of us, a
protected class, does only more damage to those
younger people,” Segebart said. “It puts pressures
on them that they do not need.”
Segebart said being gay is an unnatural, manufactured
“The more you talk about it, the more it plants
that seed in young, impressionable minds,” Segebart
said. “Once you start thinking about something,
it’s hard to get it out of your brain.”
Segebart’s views on homosexuality surfaced during
a recent interview with The Carroll Daily Times
Herald and Carroll Broadcasting.
It started with a question about his thoughts
on school bullying, its roots and possible remedies.
The issue is front and center in Iowa. Last
month, Kenneth James Weishuhn, a 14-year-old
from Primghar, killed himself reportedly in
response to bullying that occurred after he
revealed he was gay.
“I feel sorry for this 14-year-old boy that
decided to commit suicide,” Segebart said. “There
were pressures put on him that shouldn’t be
put on any child, 14, 12, 10. The society we
live in wants our kids to be grown-ups at 6
years old the way it seems to me.”
Segebart added, “It’s really unfortunate that
this young man thought he needed to ‘come out’
so to speak when that was not necessary. He
needed more time to be a young guy growing up.”
The political debate over homosexuality’s role
in Iowa society now centers on gay marriage
— which Segebart strongly opposes. He singled
this issue out as one of the most significant
for his campaign when he entered the race.
Simply put, Segebart, 61, said, Iowa can’t have
two definitions of marriage.
“The whole position of every Christian Church
that is in our communities is that marriage
is between one man and one woman,” Segebart
said. “By this (legalized gay marriage) passing,
it makes bigots of every person that belongs
to a faith community that believes in marriage
between one man and one woman. Does that mean
churches now will be accused of hate speech
if they do not change the way they’re going
to approach marriage and deny marriage between
Traditional marriage is the foundation of American
culture, said Segebart, a long-time Crawford
County farmer and Lutheran.
“I think society has gotten to where we’re at
because we’re putting our stock in one-man,
one-woman marriage,” Segebart said.
Are people born gay or is it a choice?
“To me it’s more of a learned behavior than
it is a genetic behavior,” Segebart said.
How did all of this gay propaganda fail to work
on Segebart and me, and a lot of other men I
know? Are we, like, you know, super-heterosexuals?
“Who’s to say it didn’t?” Segebart said.
Watching “The Crying Game” or “Will And Grace”
didn’t motivate me to start hanging around in
men’s restrooms at airports or along the Interstates.
I can say for certain that it never “worked”
on me. I’ve never had gay on the brain.
“I don’t know why that is,” Segebart said. “I
know that there are other forces at work in
this world, and temptation is running at a high
speed in this world and the world is full of
Does Segebart know gay people?
“Oh sure,” he said. “I don’t know that they’ve
ever come out and said that to me, that that’s
what they were. I think I know more people that
could have been gay that decided it wasn’t the
right option.” CV
Douglas Burns is a fourth-generation Iowa newspaperman
who writes for The Carroll Daily Times Herald
and offers columns for Cityview.