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The Latest: Wisconsin court candidate defends private school

February 14, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Supreme Court election (all times local):

11 a.m.

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn’s campaign says questions about his work for a private school that prohibits gay teachers or students is part of a “smear” to attack his faith.

Hagedorn helped found the Augustine Academy in Waukesha County and serves on its board of directors.

The school’s code of conduct covering employees, board members, parents and students prohibits “immoral sexual activity” defined as anything “apart from the context of marriage between one man and one woman.”

Hagedorn’s campaign says in a statement that he treats everyone fairly under the law and he is running “to protect religious freedoms for all Wisconsinites, regardless of faith.”

Hagedorn faces fellow state appeals court judge Lisa Neubauer in the April 2 election .

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10:38 a.m.

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn helped create and serves on the board of a private school that prohibits anyone working there from being in a gay relationship and could expel students who are gay.

Groups that advocate for gay rights in Wisconsin on Thursday said Hagedorn’s involvement with the Augustine Academy in Waukesha disqualifies him from being able to serve as a fair, impartial judge on the state Supreme Court.

Hagedorn did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. He faces state Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer in the April 2 election . Hagedorn is also a state appeals court judge.

Liberal Group One Wisconsin Now presented details of Hagedorn’s involvement with the school at a news conference. The school’s code of conduct prohibits “immoral sexual activity” defined as anything “apart from the context of marriage between one man and one woman.”

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