NEWS: Human Rights Campaign Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Today, the Human Rights campaign announced their endorsement of former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, represents 1.5 million members and supporters across the county. HRC fights to ensure equal rights for all LGBTQ Americans.

“Stephanie Murphy is someone who will work to ensure that everyone, including LGBTQ people, can one day live free from fear of discrimination,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “HRC is proud to endorse Stephanie Murphy, who will be an important ally as we fight to pass the Equality Act and take us an important step closer to equal treatment under the law for LGBTQ people.”

“I am so proud to receive this endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign, a tireless advocate for LGBTQ Americans,” said Murphy. “Equal rights are human rights, and no American should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love. I’m proud to stand with HRC in support of the Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment, and education. We must continue the fight ensure equal treatment for all LGBTQ Americans.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

Background:

Mica: “I Think People Want To Reserve The Sanctity Of A Marriage Between A Man And A Woman.” “Well, I think people are concerned about — about marriage. Again, if you go beyond Washington, D.C. — and it`s a beautiful day here in Washington, D.C. — but it`s quite different out there. I think people want to reserve the sanctity of a marriage between a man and a woman.” [Tucker (MSNBC), Transcript, 10/31/06]

Supported “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Military LGBT Ban. “Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Reps. John Mica and Bill Posey all said they support ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ — but added caveats, saying they would be open-minded about changes suggested by the Pentagon. Said Mica: ‘I am sure there are many people with different sexual persuasions who have served this country well.’” [Orlando Sentinel, 8/16/09]

Voted Against Preventing Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity. In January 2016, Mica voted against a motion that would “exempt from the bill’s provisions any rule that prohibits discrimination by federal contractors or subcontractors on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.” The motion to recommit failed, 178-239. [HR 1155, Vote #19, 1/07/16; CQ Floor Votes, 1/8/15]

Opposed Expanding Federal Hate Crime Law. In 2009, Mica voted against expanding federal hate crime law to cover offenses based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition the bill would also cover crimes based on a victim’s physical or mental disability. At the time of the bill passage, the law only covered the use of threat or force based on race, color, religion or national origin. The bill passed 249-175. [HR 1913, Vote #223, 4/29/09; CQ Weekly, 5/04/09]

Received A 0% Grade From The Human Rights Campaigns 114th – 111th Congressional Scorecards. [Human Rights Campaign, accessed 10/13/16]

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