DeSantis Appoints Liberty Counsel Lawyer To FL Bench

Florida Politics reports:

Gov. Ron DeSantis has named an outspoken opponent of LGBTQ equality to the appeals bench of Central and Southwest Florida. DeSantis appointed Apopka lawyer Roger Gannam to serve as judge on the 6th District Court of Appeal, which hears cases from Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Polk, Orange and Osceola counties.

For the better part of a decade, Gannam has made headlines for his legal battles against LGBTQ rights for the Liberty Counsel, an evangelical organization the SPLC lists as an extremist hate group. Gannam’s activities have included a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to same-sex marriage rights and opposition to Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination ordinance.

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Gannam recently appeared here when the South Florida Sun Sentinel editorial board condemned his op-ed declaring that any LGBTQ rights measure constitutes “discrimination against people of faith.” Gannam, a rabid anti-vaxxer, is a frequent guest on the Family Research Council’s podcast.