Brian Hagedorn and his wife helped create a private, Christian school that bans gay staff.

   The Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate and state appeals court judge makes no apologies for that.

   First, he told an audience of 30 at Ripon College Monday afternoon, many religious schools have similar restrictions.

   “[The policies are] no different than you’d find at your local Catholic school, your local Lutheran school or other kinds of Christian schools,” Hagedorn said. “They’re normal policies. Same policy you’d find at Concordia University. Same policies you’d find other places.”

   But second, he added, his personal, religious views should play no part in his decisions from the bench, nor in voters’ decision whether he will be fair, impartial and a “strict constructionist” in interpreting and applying the law.

   Hagedorn is vying with chief Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer for the spot on the state’s top court in a nonpartisan election on Tuesday, April 2.

Read the full story in the March 14, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.