A conservative state appeals court judge received more than $3,000 over three years for giving speeches to an anti-gay group.
Brian Hagedorn was paid to give speeches to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on ‘career advice’.
ADF are a Christian legal organization based in Arizona.
Most people will recognize them as the organization that supported anti-LGBTI baker Jack Phillips.
Phillips was the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding.
In the past, the ADF linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claimed the ‘homosexual agenda’ will destroy Christianity.
Hagedorn’s people defended the ADF
The group covered at least $50 in travel expenses for a speaking engagement for Hagedorn.
Hagedorn’s campaign adviser, Stephan Thompson, defended him taking income from the Alliance Defending Freedom.
‘Calling a group that has argued and won many cases in the United States Supreme Court in recent years a hate group is irresponsible and unfounded,’ Thompson said.
But Hagedorn’s alleged homophobic record doesn’t stop there.
Moreover, Hagedorn founded Christian school the Augustine Academy.
But students and teachers who are in same-sex relationships can be expelled, as can students whose parents are in same-sex relationships.
The ADF is ‘wonderful’
Furthermore, Hagedorn ran a blog while at Northwestern University School of Law that compared homosexuality to bestiality.
In the 2000s he wrote:’ The idea that homosexual behavior is different than bestiality as a constitutional matter is unjustifiable.
‘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).’
Significantly, Hagedorn interned with the ADF, then known as the Alliance Defense Fund.
He referred to the group as ‘wonderful’ that was formed to ‘fight the future wars’.
Hagedorn’s political advisor Stephan Thompson told the Journal Sentinel the judge’s views would not affect his Supreme Court decisions.
‘When he put on the robe, Judge Hagedorn took an oath to be impartial and apply the law on every case.’
Alliance Defending Freedom were reached for comment.
‘Extremist hate group’
Earlier this month, the Arizona state government was under fire after it was revealed they sold incense plates on behalf of the ADF.
Significantly, the scheme raised over one million dollars for the organization.
State Senator Juan Mendez labelled them an ‘extremist hate group’.