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Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano delivers the winning speech at his election night party. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania has condemned attempts to “discourage” dangerous conversion therapy.
talking conservative talk show radio station News Talk 103.7 FM On Thursday (August 25), Doug Mastriano criticized Governor Tom Wolf and his Democratic contender Josh Shapiro for opposing the practice.
Earlier in August, Wolf signed a vigorous executive order banning “traumatic” conversion therapy, instructing state agencies to stop conversion therapy and instead seek evidence-based treatments supporting LGBTQ+ people. promoted.
State Senator Maastriano said preventing young LGBTQ+ youth from being subjected to a practice that the United Nations considers tantamount to torture is a bad thing either way.
“It’s disgusting to me,” he told host Michelle Jenson, “where bureaucrats like Tom Wolf and Josh Shaprio think it’s okay for parents and therapists to come in and threaten because their kids might be confused.”
Teachers are clearly to blame, the retired US Army colonel said, adding that they have “graphic, obscene books kept”.
Maastriano has spent months following a furious far-right message where everything from masks to trans rights is clearly a risk to America.
His opponent, the current state Attorney General Shaprio, sees things a little differently. Unlike Maastriana, he fully supports Wolf’s conversion therapy ban and protects LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians from discrimination and harm.
“As governor, I will pass nondiscrimination in Pennsylvania, ban conversion therapy practices for minors, and invest in mental health resources for youth,” Shapiro tweeted in May.
He continued: “LGBTQ+ rights are human rights.”
Wolf wrote in his order: “Conversion therapy is a painstaking practice based on junk science that actively harms the people it seeks to treat.
“This discriminatory practice has been widely rejected by medical and scientific professionals and has been proven to worsen mental health outcomes for LGBTQIA+ youth subjected to it. It is an extreme form of bullying and harm to our children. It’s about keeping safe from practices.”
Shapiro is enjoying a seven percent lead over Mastianao ahead of the governor’s election in November.
Maastriano’s remarks inherit the legacy of a right-wing, often conspiratorial Republican candidate. Throwing his weight behind everything from Donald Trump’s controversial election fraud claims to arguing that the climate catastrophe is a “from”.
Maastriano has targeted the LGBTQ+ community for decades. He wrote his master’s thesis in 2001 on a fictional “leftist Hitlerian putsch” caused by “the persecution of the country’s morally disadvantaged civilian leaders”, including “the insertion of homosexuality into the military”. Washington Post informed of.
Maastriano, who frequently attended campaign rallies by LGBTQ+ Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has been vocal about his opposition to marriage equality, same-sex adoption, and protection of trans people under federal anti-discrimination laws.
She promised in her election night address to crack down on “critical race theory” and ban trans women from the women’s sport — a policy that Wolf vetoed in July.