Last week, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) generated intense controversy when she railed against The Matthew Shepard Act by claiming that Shepard’s horrific murder was a “hoax.” “We know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay,” she said. The next day, Foxx’s office released a statement saying that “hoax” was a “poor choice of words” and that she was “especially sorry if his grieving family was offended.” Now, the Winston-Salem Journal reports that Foxx has written a letter of apology to Shepard’s mother, Judy. The Matthew Shepard Foundation confirmed that Judy Shepard received Foxx’s note, but refused to comment further.
Foxx sends letter of apology to Matthew Shepard’s mother.