Donald Trump withdrew a homophobic judicial nominee

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Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley, who are both prominent opponents of LGBT rights and marriage equality, , were nominated for federal judgeships in Texas and Alabama respectively. But a White House official has said the administration has withdrawn them both. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley recommended that the White House should think about the both candidatures and reconsider them if possible. The official, who did not want to be named, said Talley, 36, who has never tried a case and has been deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association, made a decision to step aside by himself. “He has offered to withdraw his nomination, thus it will not be moving forward,” they said. The official added simply that Mateer’s nomination “will not be moving forward” as well. This was after it was revealed that Mateer, the first assistant attorney general of Texas, had said that trans children were part of “Satan’s plan.” He has also told crowds that same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and bestiality, and expressed his opposition to same-sex adoption.

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