(MAUMEE, Ohio) — A recount in northwest Ohio deeply apologized Thursday for a pair of homophobic letters-to-the-editor he wrote to his college newspaper in the 1990s.
Maumee Municipal Court docket Raise Dan Hazard issued the apology to The Blade, of Toledo, after the newspaper found the letters, that are available in the market in the salvage archive of The Lantern at Ohio Pronounce University.
One letter Hazard wrote in 1992 suggested joyful those who had shriveled AIDS deserved the life-threatening situation. A 2d letter, written the subsequent year, wondered the protection of dwelling as a joyful person and begged the homosexual crew “to withhold your AIDS to yourselves.”
Hazard, who modified into once elected recount in 2017, acknowledged he could perhaps also offer “zero excuse” for the letters and would no longer are trying to interpret their contents, which he labeled “reprehensible.” He acknowledged he wrote them as a teenage college student and “beneath no circumstances withhold(s) those beliefs as of late.”
“It modified into once hurtful to somebody that saw it in 1993 or as of late,” he wrote. “I’m sorry that this could occasionally agonize phenomenal extra folks as of late alongside with my joyful and transgender family and friends whom I love dearly.”
Hazard acknowledged he works to treat every litigant and prison professional with that very same respect “no topic their background, ride or gender identity and could perhaps occupy to aloof proceed to originate so.”
Equality Toledo Executive Director Sheena Barnes acknowledged, despite the time that’s handed, “the phrases are aloof deeply tainted to our crew.”
“This article aloof showcases the hatred and stereotypes the LGBTQ crew fights in opposition to as of late in 2020,” she suggested The Blade. “We perceive the recount known his solutions as tainted, and we welcome him and his staffers to quit by our spot of enterprise for training or dialog.”