Trump nominee said transgender children show 'Satan's plan'

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal judgeship in the Sherman Division of the U.S. District Court Eastern Division of Texas -- and the No. 2 in the state attorney general's office -- previously described transgender children as evidence of "Satan's plan" and suggested that gay marriage could lead to polygamy and bestiality.

First Texas Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer's comments came during a 2015 speech. They were first reported Wednesday by CNN.

Mateer was discussing a Colorado lawsuit involving a transgender girl and said "it just really shows you how Satan's plan is working."

He also criticized same-sex marriage, asking,"Why not one man and three women" and saying such unions could lead to "people marrying their pets."

Mateer still needs U.S. Senate confirmation.

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