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Jeff Mateer (E.D. of Texas)

Nominated September 7, 2017

EDITORIAL: Mateer nomination should be withdrawn (San Antonio Express-News [TX] , 09/28/17)
"We had never heard anyone refer to children as part of “Satan’s plan.” Children. But then news broke about Jeff Mateer, whom President Donald Trump has nominated for a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Texas. In a 2015 speech, Mateer, then general counsel for Plano-based First Liberty Institute, referred to transgender children as part of “Satan’s plan.”... It’s crude, utterly devoid of restraint and objectivity. That comment alone lacks the necessary temperament for the judiciary. It calls his impartiality into question. He has also called gay marriage, which is legal, “disgusting” and likened it to bestiality. Will he be able to separate his personal views from his interpretation of the law? What he says and how he says it cast that into doubt. None of this is surprising.... He has cast doubt on the separation of church and state, saying it’s a “misleading metaphor” that infringes on First Amendment rights. This is just not accurate.... It’s a bit astounding that Mateer has been nominated — with the blessing of Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz — given his controversial history. Is this a conservative they really believe is worthy of the federal bench? None of this speaks well for the vetting process. And if the nomination proceeds, the comments will be a point of contention. The best possible outcome would be for Mateer’s nomination to be withdrawn."

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