Supreme Court candidate Hagedorn on gays and abortion

Supreme Court candidate once wrote that gay rights ruling could lead to legalized bestiality

Appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn, who is running for the state Supreme Court, wrote a blog with provocative posts on abortion and homosexuality.

Like many judicial candidates, state appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn isn’t eager to discuss his positions on some of the most controversial issues of the day.   

But that wasn’t always the case. 

Hagedorn, who is running for the state Supreme Court, wrote a blog beginning in 2005 in which he addressed readers as “fellow soldiers in the culture wars” while posting sometimes provocative comments on homosexuality and abortion.

For example, Hagedorn twice wrote that a landmark gay rights ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a Texas anti-sodomy law could lead to the legalization of bestiality, sex with animals, in America. 

“The idea that homosexual behavior is different than bestiality as a constitutional matter is unjustifiable,” he wrote in October 2005.L

Lawmakers could draw a distinction between same-sex relationships and bestiality as a matter of public policy, Hagedorn wrote. But he called the Supreme Court’s decision overturning anti-sodomy laws a travesty that “should render laws prohibiting bestiality unconstitutional.”

“There is no right in our Constitution to have sex with whoever or whatever you want in the privacy of your own home (or barn),” he wrote.

Some other conservatives argued at the time that the Supreme Court case would also lead to the legalization of bigamy and incest. This has not happened in the 14 years since the ruling.

Planned Parenthood a ‘wicked organization’

The Journal Sentinel’s review of all of Hagedorn’s blog posts from April 2005 to August 2006 turned up equally passionate posts about abortion rights. 

In one titled “Another reason why I hate Planned Parenthood,” Hagedorn called it a “wicked organization” that was more devoted “to killing babies than to helping women.” He said his litmus test for voting in an election was a candidate’s position on abortion. 

Hagedorn said he had committed himself to praying and lobbying to stop abortion. He went on to say his convictions on this issue and others were given to him by God. �

READ the complete story at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel