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Another Supreme Court justice with a record of hate speech

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REBECCA BRADLEY: She shares a past with newly elected Arkansas Justice Shawn Womack — animus toward gay people.
  • REBECCA BRADLEY: She shares a past with newly elected Arkansas Justice Shawn Womack — animus toward gay people.
Talking Points Memo reports on the discovery that a woman appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Gov. Scott Walker said hateful things about gay people and others as a college newspaper columnist.

She wrote that gay people were degenerates who commit suicide through their behavior and that you had to be stupid or evil to vote for Bill Clinton. Her anti-gay remarks apparently were numerous.

"How sad that the lives of degenerate drug addicts and queers are valued more than the innocent victims of more prevalent ailments," she wrote in a column arguing that gay people are better off getting AIDS than cancer because the disease receives more funding, according to the Journal Sentinel.
Justice Rebecca Bradley issued a non-apology apology.

"To those offended by comments I made as a young college student, I apologize, and assure you that those comments are not reflective of my worldview," she said in a statement, according to the Journal Sentinel. "These comments have nothing to do with who I am as a person or a jurist, and they have nothing to do with the issues facing the voters of this state."
To those not offended?

She said the group that unearthed her record was just trying to smear her. There is nothing so unfair as quoting a candidate's own words, after all.

This is reminiscent of the lack of repudiation of past remarks by newly elected Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Shawn Womack, who vowed as a Republican senator to make homosexual acts a felony and who fought adoption and marriage by gay people. He said he was a politician then and now goes by the law. Or so he told the Democrat-Gazette, whose editorial page said Womack was just responding to constituents then. Cold comfort to a gay person who might come before the "justice."

Womack refused to answer questions from the Times about this and other aspects of his record.


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