The Human Rights Campaign — billed as the nation’s largest gay rights organization — has endorsed Democrat Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, her campaign announced Friday.

“Stephanie Murphy is someone who will work to ensure that everyone, including LGBTQ people, can one day live free from fear of discrimination,” JoDee Winterhof, the organization’s senior vice president for policy and public affairs, stated in a news release. “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.”

Murphy, of Winter Park, is taking on Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. John Mica, also of Winter Park, in CD 7, which covers Seminole County and north-central and northeast Orange County.

“Equal rights are human rights, and no American should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love,” Murphy stated in the release. “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.”

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