Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley has apologized for statements she made as an undergraduate student at Marquette University in 1992. In a student publication, where she had a regular column, Bradley made remarks that homosexual activists found objectionable in an article entitled “Awaiting feminism’s demise.”
She wrote that feminists are “angry, militant, man-hating lesbians who abhor the traditional family”, according to reports.
 
In other writings, Bradley wrote that “homosexual sex kills” while to referring to persons with homosexual attractions as “queers.” In another article, Bradley wrote “The PC [political correctness] movement is entirely the agenda of feminists, gays, liberal extremists and 1960s radicals who never left school and consequently are ignorant of the real world.” As for abortion, Bradley once wrote, that it is a  “holocaust of our children.”
 
It so happens that Bradley, who leans Republican in the ostensibly non-partisan seat on the Court, is as an incumbent in the statewide election. Homosexual activists are demanding that she step out of the race, arguing that her remarks are examples of “hate speech.”
 
In a conversation with the Wisconsin Radio Network, Bradley said “I’m a very different person than the person reflected in those words I used 24 years ago.” She has apologized for her remarks.
 
Bradley’s term terminates at the end of July 2016. She was appointed to serve on the court upon the demise of Justice N. Patrick Crooks last year. This was her third judicial nomination in as many years by Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican who has been under fire from Democrats and labor activists. 
 
Wisconsin Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg is running against Bradley. She leans toward the Democratic Party. On March 9, she and Bradley clashed in an appearance organized by the Wisconsin bar association. Kloppenburg brought up Bradley’s personal views and her ties to the Republican National Lawyers Association and the Federalist Society. Judge Kloppenburg said of Bradley’s multiple apologies, “Justice Bradley talks about change and talks about this being, ‘now is now, then was then,’ but her career does not show much evidence of changes.”
 
Justice Bradley responded that she upholds the law without regard to her personal views. She said that Kloppenburg, on the other hand, seeks to inject her personal views on public policy into judicial decisions.  Saying the Kloppenburg has stated that it is the job of judges to promote a “more equal society,” Bradley explained, “That’s a very nice sentiment but I’m not sure what that means because somebody’s idea — one judge’s idea — of what is promoting an equal society can vary greatly from the next judge’s idea.”
 
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) has called on Bradley to have a sit down with members LGBTQ activists, while Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) sent an email to fellow Democrats that said “hate speech has no place in our state’s highest court.” Baldwin questioned Bradley’s her fitness to serve.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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