A White House nominee to sit on the bench of the Texas Federal Court in the Eastern District is drawing fire for controversial comments.
As The San Antonio Express News reports, Jeff Mateer has referred to the rights of transgender children as part of “Satan’s plan.” He has also come out in support of “conversion therapy” for gays. Mateer is a top aide to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Mateer’s 2015 comments came while he was working as an attorney for a religious organization called the First Liberty Institute.
The potential Federal jurist’s comments read as follows: “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. 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, as 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.”
In the same speech, Mateer called same-sex marriage “disgusting,” and “debauchery.” He added that he believed gay marriage would eventually lead to the legalization of polygamy and bestiality.