Jeff Mateer, President Donald Trump's nominee for a Eastern District of Texas federal judge, is in hot water after it emerged that in two 2015 speeches, Mateer described transgender children as evidence of "Satan's plan," scolded states which had banned conversion therapy, and suggested that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to bestiality.
Mateer, currently first assistant attorney general of Texas, was general counsel of the First Liberty Institute when he made the comments. The religious advocacy group, also known as the Liberty Institute, was heavily criticized for opposing additional nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people in the city of Plano.
In the speech, given in May 2015 and titled "The Church and Homosexuality," Mateer discussed a lawsuit in Colorado in which parents were suing a school for preventing their transgender daughter from using the bathroom of her choice.
"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 in a video reviewed by 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."
Mateer went on to claim that a Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to "disgusting" new forms of matrimony.
"I submit to you that there'll be no line there," he said. "And actually in the arguments Chief 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?"
"I mean, it's disgusting. I've learned words I didn't know. I mean, other than...my assistants here, have you ever heard the word 'throuple'?'Throuple' so that's three people coming together of different sexes, maybe mixed sexes. Them coming together. There are people who marry themselves. Somebody wanted to marry a tree. People marrying their pets. It's just like -- you know, you read the New Testament and you read about all the things and you think, 'Oh, that's not going on in our community.' Oh yes it is. We're back to that time where debauchery rules."
In a second speech given in November 2015, Mateer rallied against states that were banning gay conversion therapy at a conference held by pastor Kevin Swanson, who believes that homosexuality should be punished by death.
"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."