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Wis. Supreme Court justice apologizes for opinion pieces


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley is apologizing for anti-gay opinion pieces she wrote when a college student 24 years ago.

The liberal group One Wisconsin Now on Monday revealed a college newspaper column and letters to the editor Bradley wrote when a student at Marquette University in 1992.

In one, Bradley compares homosexuals with drug addicts, saying they "essentially kill themselves and others through their own behavior."

In the other, reacting to the election of Bill Clinton as president, she describes him as "queer-loving" and says his victory "proves that the majority of voters are either totally stupid or entirely evil."

Bradley says in a statement she is "frankly embarrassed at the content and tone of what I wrote those many years ago."

Her opponent in the state Supreme Court race said Monday "there is no statute of limitations on hate."

State Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg says Bradley's anti-gay comments when she was a college student "are as abhorrent and disturbing today as they were in 1992 as people were dying in huge numbers from AIDS."

Gov. Scott Walker's spokeswoman says he was not aware of her comments when he appointed her as a judge three times, including to the Supreme Court.

Walker says Bradley has made it clear she no longer holds those views.

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