Several LGBT advocacy groups are demanding that senators reject President Trump’s judicial nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas because he has “brazen contempt for LGBT people,” according to a three-page letter released Monday.
Jeff Mateer, who was nominated by Trump in early September, has seen his previous comments and speeches come under increasing scrutiny since they were unearthed last month.
“Mr. Mateer has spent his professional life denigrating and vilifying LGBT people and their families,” the letter states.
During a 2015 speech titled “The Church and Homosexuality,” Mateer said that transgender children were evidence of “how Satan’s plan is working and the destruction that’s going on.” During that same speech, Mateer said same-sex marriage would open the door to “people marrying their pets.”
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