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Justice Rebecca Bradley Apologizes for Anti-Gay Opinion Pieces She Wrote as a College Student

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley says, via a written statement, she is "embarrassed at the content and tone" of what she wrote 24 years ago while in college.

The liberal group One Wisconsin Now got ahold of college newspaper columns and letters to the editor that Bradley wrote while enrolled at Marquette University in 1992.

Here are a few excerpts from what Bradley wrote:

  • "Perhaps AIDS Awareness should seek to educate us with their misdirected compassion for the degenerates who basically commit suicide through their behavior."
  • "But the homosexuals and drug addicts who do essentially kill themselves and others through their own behavior deservedly receive none of my sympathy."
  • "One will be better off contracting AIDS than developing cancer, because those afflicted with the politically-correct disease will be getting all of the funding. How sad that the lives of degenerate drug addicts and queers are valued more than the innocent victims of more prevalent ailments."

Gov. Walker appointed Bradley to the Wisconsin Supreme Court a few months ago, and she is now running for a full 10-year term with the election set for April 5.
Bradley's opponent, Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, released this statement regarding Bradley's columns and apology:

"There is no statute of limitations on hate. Rebecca Bradley’s comments are as abhorrent and disturbing today as they were in 1992 as people were dying in huge numbers from AIDS. Her career since that time includes being appointed three times to three judgeships in three years by Scott Walker who is against gay rights. Rebecca Bradley’s alliance with conservative causes and Scott Walker speaks louder than any apology she tries to make."

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