The Dallas Morning News reports:
Jeff Mateer, a top lawyer for the state of Texas who has described transgender children as evidence of “Satan’s plan,” will not become a federal judge.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that the nominations of Mateer and a controversial Alabama nominee, Brett Talley, were dead. A White House aide confirmed to The Dallas Morning News that “both Talley and Mateer will not be moving forward.” One day earlier, Grassley became the first Republican senator to openly oppose the nominations. But the setback seemed isolated.
In a pair of 2015 speeches, Mateer complained that states were banning conversion therapy and asserted that same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and bestiality and other “disgusting” forms of wedlock. He referred to transgender children as “Satan’s spawn” and argued that it would be okay in some circumstances for judges to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
Two years ago Mateer delivered a speech at the now-infamous “death to gays” conference where Ted Cruz was the headliner.
Mateer currently works as an assistant to viciously anti-LGBT Texas AG Ken Paxton. Before that he worked for Liberty Institute, an anti-LGBT hate group.
Earlier today another grossly unqualified nominee to the federal judiciary was also booted from consideration. However multiple other anti-LGBT judicial nominees continued to be approved by the Senate.