Mathew D. "Mat" Staver is an American lawyer and former Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) pastor who became a Southern Baptist. He is a former dean of Liberty University's law school. In 1989, he founded Liberty Counsel law firm, where he serves as chairman.
Mathew D. Staver
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Education||B.A. in Theology from Southern Missionary College|
 M.A. in Religion from Andrews University
J.D. from the University of Kentucky
|Known for||Opposition to LGBTQ rights|
|Title||Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action|
Personal life and careerEdit
Staver received a B.A. in theology from Southern Missionary College, an M.A. in religion from Andrews University, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky. During college he began a process which led him to later leave the SDA church and eventually attend a Southern Baptist church.
Staver served as Liberty University's law school dean from 2006 to 2014.
In 2011 he was added to the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, which was started by Senator Grassley.
In October 2015, Staver falsely stated that 100,000 people gathered in Peru to support his client Kim Davis, in support of her refusal to issue marriage licenses. The event was shown to have happened more than a year earlier and was unrelated to Davis. Liberty Counsel issued a press release afterwards stating that Staver had relied on a member of the Peruvian Congress for the information on the rally.
In late 2018 he voiced his opposition to LGTBQ rights by requesting that references to gender identity and sexual orientation be removed from a senate bill that would make lynching a federal crime.
In 1994 Staver argued the Madsen v. Women's Health Center, Inc. at the United States Supreme Court, representing individuals who fought a court order banning protesters from interfering with those entering or exiting the clinic within a 36-foot buffer zone. The Court ultimately ruled 6-3 striking down the 300-foot zone around people going in and out of the clinic and striking down the prohibition against images "observable" from inside the clinic. The court upheld the 36-foot buffer zone. An audio recording of the case was made by the Supreme Court.
In 2012 Staver unsuccessfully argued a case at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia on behalf of Liberty University against the Affordable Care Act. On July 12, 2013, the Fourth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act over Liberty's arguments against the "employer mandate."
- Biography: Point of View On-Air Line Up for Wednesday, May 11, 2011
- Sopelsa, Brooke (January 9, 2019). "Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill". NBC News. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
- Miller, Hayley (September 9, 2015). "It's Time to Know the Truth About Mat Staver and the Liberty Counsel". Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
- Rodgers, Bethany (September 19, 2015). "Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver primed for battle in culture wars". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
- God on Trial: Dispatches from America's Religious Battlefields, by Peter H. Irons
- Darwin Was Right! Or Was He? Orlando Weekly, September 1, 2005
- Biography-Staver, Mathew D. Liberty University School of Law
- Dean Staver Appointed to Panel Regarding Religious and Nonprofit Groups
- Values Voter Summit
- "Law firm labeled hate group leading Kim Davis' crusade". Retrieved 2015-10-06.
- "Peruvian Prayer Meeting for Kim Davis Correction". www.lc.org. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
- "Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
- 1994 article (PDF)
- Madsen v. Women's Health Center - Cornell University
- Madsen v. Women's Health Center, Inc. - Oral Argument, U.S. Supreme Court Media
- Appeals Court Hears Challenges
- Liberty University v. Lew (PDF)
- Kentucky Clerk's Request For A Stay Is Denied By US Supreme Court NPR
- About Liberty Counsel - includes biography of Mathew Staver at the Library of Congress Web Archives (archived 2008-11-07)
| Dean of Liberty University School of Law
2006 – 2014
| Chairman of Liberty Counsel