Judge James Ho was the talk of appellate Twitter Friday afternoon. And observers seemed stunned after the conservative jurist from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit appeared to lash out at homophobic legal arguments.

Ho is an appointee of President Donald Trump with a reputation as a conservative, pro-prosecutor jurist. But his strong stance against the legal argument in question garnered applause on social media, as a footnote in the case appeared to cast the judge in a new light.

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