Governor Ron DeSantis appointed a religious right crusader to the Florida Supreme Court on Monday.
Jamie R. Grosshans was appointed to fill one of seven seats on the state’s high court. Grosshans, 41, previously worked for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as an anti-LGBT hate group. Grosshans omitted this detail in her previous applications for the position, reported the Miami Herald.
“No member of a hate group is qualified to uphold the rule of law,” tweeted the SPLC’s Hatewatch account on Tuesday.
Grosshans lives in Winter Haven where she is a member of First Baptist Church. She got her law degree from the University of Mississippi and has sat on the bench in the state’s Ninth Judicial Circuit and Fifth District Court of Appeals.
The Republican Party of Florida praised the appointment, tweeting “She will faithfully apply the law as it is written and will not legislate from the bench.”
Grosshans’ association with the ADF is troubling for LGBT Floridians. The group is involved in multiple high-profile legal cases, including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
On its website, the ADF declares it “remains committed to promoting the truth that marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman.”
The ADF is currently petitioning the Trump administration to direct the Department of Education that “sex” does not include “gender identity” in female athletics.