In speeches from 2015, President Trump‘s nominee for a federal judgeship in Texas characterized transgender children as manifestations of “Satan’s plan,” slammed states that banned gay conversion therapy and said that marriage equality would lead to bestiality and polygamy.
According to CNN, Jeff Mateer gave the two speeches when he was first assistant general counsel of the First Liberty Institute, a group that advocates for “religious liberty.” In a speech from May of 2015, Mateer addressed a lawsuit in which the parents of a Colorado transgender girl sued her school for preventing her from using the bathroom that corresponded with her gender.
“In Colorado, a public school has been sued because a first grader and I forget the sex, she’s a girl who thinks she’s a boy or a boy who thinks she’s a girl, it’s probably that, a boy who thinks she’s a girl,” Mateer said according to CNN. “And the school said, ‘Well, she’s not using the girl’s restroom.’ And so she has now sued to have a right to go in. Now, I submit to you, a parent of three children who are now young adults, a first grader really knows what their sexual identity? I mean it just really shows you how Satan’s plan is working and the destruction that’s going on.”
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In the same speech, he added that the Supreme Court’s ruling that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide could lead to a “disgusting” trend.
“I submit to you that there’ll be no line there. And actually in the arguments [Supreme Court Justice] Justice Roberts, who’s in the center there said, I mean, what is the limiting? Why couldn’t four 4 people wanna get married? Why not one man and three women? Or three women and one man? And we’re gonna spare you some of those slides. We actually have a presentation that we get into it. And I’ll tell you, we say it’s PG-13, it may be R, or what do they call the next one? NC-17 or whatever?”
In November of the same year, Mateer praised gay conversion therapy — a debunked practice that claims to “cure” people of their homosexuality — and slammed states that have banned it.
“Biblical counselors and therapists, we’ve seen cases in New Jersey and in California where folks have gotten in trouble because they gave biblical counseling and, you know, the issue is always, it’s same sex,” Mateer said. “And if you’re giving conversion therapy, that’s been outlawed in at least two states and then in some local areas. So they’re invading that area.”
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