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Comments unbecoming for a Supreme Court justice



As a society, we have learned, in many instances, to be more inclusive. But some suggest that is not true of one candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Justice Rebecca Bradley, who is running for a full term in the April election, apparently can’t stand gay people. The liberal group One Wisconsin Now has uncovered a series of writings Bradley authored, primarily for the student newspaper, while studying at Marquette. The words are shocking, and appalling. She wrote, “Heterosexual sex is very healthy in a loving marital relationship. Homosexual sex, however, kills.” She went on to complain that those who are living with AIDS have only themselves to blame, writing, “Perhaps AIDS awareness should seek to educate us with their misdirected comparison for the degenerates who basically commit suicide through their behavior.” It is likely that all of us held world views in our younger days which we regret now. But not all of us are running for the Supreme Court, where justices are to ensure that all people are equal before the law. And that includes gay people. Bradley has apologized for her youthful comments, but it would seem that anyone in the gay community would question whether they could get a fair shake from Justice Bradley. With Such deep-seeded hatred and bias it is fair to wonder whether she could fairly judge cases that involve discrimination.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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