President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday announced he had picked Betsy DeVos, a strong supporter of charter schools, for secretary of education.

“Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” Trump said. “Under her leadership we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families. I am pleased to nominate Betsy as Secretary of the Department of Education.”

DeVos' husband, Richard “Dick” DeVos, Jr., is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. The younger DeVos served as CEO of the Michigan-based company from 1993-2002. He unsuccessfully ran for governor of Michigan as a Republican in 2006. The senior DeVos, gave $100,000 in 2008 to the campaign to approve Amendment 2, Florida's constitutional amendment which excluded gay couples from marriage.

Betsy and Dick DeVos gave $200,000 to the successful effort to place an amendment in the Michigan Constitution defining marriage as a heterosexual union. Voters approved the amendment in 2004. (Last year, the Supreme Court struck down state marriage bans as unconstitutional.)

Dick's brother, Doug DeVos, through the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, gave half-a-million dollars to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) in 2009. NOM is the largest and most vociferous group opposed to marriage equality.

(Related: NOM's Brian Brown: Reversing gay marriage ruling would “make America great again.”)

Betsy DeVos' mother, Elsa Prince Broekhuizen, has donated to anti-marriage equality campaigns in California and Michigan and served on the boards of anti-equality groups such as Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council (FRC), which her deceased first husband, Edgar Prince, co-founded.

Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda Legal, criticized the pick, calling DeVos “totally out of the mainstream.”

“Lambda Legal plans to monitor closely any changes sought to be made by the Education Department and the Trump Administration generally on protections of LGBT students against discrimination and bullying, as well as other issues that could affect our and allied communities, and to fight to preserve the gains we have made,” Davidson told the Washington Blade.

The Senate must confirm DeVos' appointment.