Brasher's Confirmation to the 11th Circuit Threatens Civil Rights for LGBTQ people

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February 11, 2020

Today, after the U.S. Senate, along party lines, confirmed Andrew Brasher for a lifetime position to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Sasha Buchert, Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement:

“Andrew Brasher’s elevation to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest blow to the LGBTQ people across the country and an affront to civil rights. In particular, this confirmation threatens civil rights for all LGBTQ people living in the deep South, as Alabama, Florida, and Georgia all lack explicit nondiscrimination protections at the state level. 

"At only 38 years old, Brasher has distinguished himself through his anti-LGBTQ advocacy from arguing against marriage equality claiming it was “harmful to children” to his work at the Alabama Solicitor General office, working alongside the notoriously anti-LGBTQ group, Alliance Defending Freedom.

"Judge Brasher’s record to undermine the rights of LGBTQ people and years of advocacy to suppress voting rights should not have been rewarded with the lifetime promotion that he just received from Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Indeed, there should be no place for such hostility to civil rights on the federal bench.”