Donald Trump’s anti-LGBT judicial nominee faced setback

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Jeff Mateer, who is up for a federal judgeship, was knocked back by a senior Republican. He is known for his anti-LGBT claims, in part saying that transgender kids were the plan of Satan and same-sex marriages would lead to polyamory, and would also make it possible for people to marry animals and trees. He also spoke for so-called ‘gay cure therapy’ and against same-sex adoption. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is advising the White House to “reconsider” the controversial pick, CNN reports. Talley, 36, was picked by Trump to become a federal judge in Alabama, despite having never tried a case and being labeled “not qualified” by the American Bar Association. Grassley, who has been serving Iowa in the Senate for 36 years, gave the recommendations after Mateer’s comments were made public. Mateer, who is the first assistant attorney general of Texas, would serve on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, if confirmed. He was serving as general counsel of the religious freedom group First Liberty Institute.

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