Wisconsin Supreme Court hopeful defends views on homosexuals

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A conservative candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court whose views on homosexuality have come under scrutiny says the criticism he's received are unfair attacks on his faith.

State Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn blamed his opponents Wednesday for making his personal beliefs part of his candidacy and insisted that he would be an impartial justice. Hagedorn is an evangelical Christian who helped start a private school where students can be expelled for being gay.

He is running against state Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer, who is backed by liberals.

The April 2 contest gives liberals a chance to control the Supreme Court if they win this race and another seat up for election next year. Conservatives currently control the court 4-3.

Hagedorn was speaking to journalists at the Milwaukee Press Club.