Wisconsin court candidate defends private school

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- 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 .