( Washington D.C., February 11, 2020 ) — Today, after the U.S. Senate, confirmed Andrew Brasher for a lifetime position to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit along party lines, Sasha Buchert, Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal issued the following statement:
"Andrew Brasher's confirmation to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest blow to LGBT people across the country and an affront to civil rights. In particular, this confirmation threatens civil rights for all LGBT 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 developed a reputation for his anti-LGBT advocacy at the Alabama Solicitor General office, working alongside the notoriously anti-LGBT group, Alliance Defending Freedom. Judge Brasher's record of undermining the rights of LGBT people, including opposing marriage equality, and his years of advocacy to suppress voting rights should not have been rewarded with a lifetime seat by the U.S. Senate. There should be no place for such hostility to civil rights on the federal bench."