Democratic congressional candidate Stephanie Murphy blasted her Republican opponent U.S. Rep. John Mica Wednesday for his co-sponsorship of a bill she characterized as anti-gay rights and then sitting silently through a hearing on the bill one month after the Orlando massacre at the popular gay nightclub Pulse.

The First Amendment Defense Act, House Resolution 2802, was debated Tuesday by the House Oversight And Government Reform Committee, on which Mica sits. Tuesday also was the one-month anniversary of the Pulse massacre.

Murphy called Mica’s silence during the debate “unimaginable,” considering the Republican represents a community still grieving over the massacre of 49 people at the gay nightclub by a madman shooter who both expressed his loyalty to the international jihadist terrorist organization ISIS and his hatred of gays.

The bill seeks to assure religious freedom, explicitly by forbidding the federal government from cracking down on any organization, business or individual that discriminates based on personal beliefs that marriage should be should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage. The bill is widely seen by LGBT groups as direct backlash against gays and gay rights, particularly the right to marry bestowed a year ago in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Mica is a cosponsor of the HR 2802, as are fellow Central Florida Republicans U.S. Reps. Bill Posey of Rockledge and Dan Webster of Winter Garden.

“Debating anti-LGBT legislation one month after the horrific tragedy at Orlando’s Pulse Night Club is unimaginable coming from a congressman who represents Orlando Florida,” Murphy said in a written statement sent to FloridaPolitics.com. “While Orlando is a diverse, loving community, John Mica’s silence yesterday while Washington Republicans where attacking the LGBT community, just shows his unwillingness to do what is right, even when our community is attempting to heal from a great tragedy.”

Mica and his campaign were not immediately available Wednesday to respond to Murphy’s criticism.

Murphy, a Rollins College business professor and former Defense Department analyst, only entered the race late last month to challenge Mica in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, which covers north-central Orange County and Seminole County. Mica is a 12-term incumbent in what had for a long time been a safe Republican district. But this year’s congressional redistricting in Florida has shaved the Republican voter registration advantage to a much narrower margin over Democrats. Both are from Winter Park.

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  1. Tom Pastore

    The Ballad of Barry……….aka…… Barack

    America Hello, …..for soon we’ll wave goodbye, I’ll leave your White House tainted with a shame, of which, I shall deny

    Around the world I apologized, for what I know not why, perhaps the “Chip” on shoulder mine, blinded duties and where they lie

    My name is Barry or Barack, please, pick or choose at will, for it matters very little, since the Truth I’ll never spill

    My Social was a number, of one that’s now deceased, my copied Birth Certificate comes from a printer we had leased.

    My origin of Birth may be, from sea to shining sea, or maybe some village small, called kenya, in Hawaii

    This Fable of who I really am was not BUILT as my Lie, as I said to all , so many times, someone else built that……not I.

    Should my transparency be not clear to you, it means I’m simply Plastic, with vision clear, see through those Lies, though I’d admit some were fantastic.

    I spoke to you of Hope and Change, but never you’d suspect, that your Constitution was my vengeful Wrath, as it’s meaning I’d Dissect

    Understand my needs required, No longer as depicted, a United People in a “United States”, the Constitution is “Evicted”

    I promised all no need to work , your choice is no more Free, for Socialism is the word, someone else will “Pay your Fee”

    I can buy you with my “Things-for-Free”, Americans are weak that way, promise them some “Bagged Illusions”, as long as they don’t Pay

    From Fast / Furious, and Wide-Receiver, to Benghazi, IRS , scandals STILL with Hidden Truths, who else could give you less??

    Cooperation , Negotiations, means things must go-my-way, if not I grab my fancy Pen and Executive Orders I write all day

    I deny the Evil of our enemies ways, grant them protection to this land, with disregard to America’s people, while I think “I am so Grand” !!

    Some may call me president, but “King Jester” seems my style, For I sell you illusions and empty dreams, and say it with a smile.

    I Thank your Media for their “Love of me”, for they conceal my evil ways, their hard-drives soon to be erased, no one must know what they won’t say

    I want to thank those all around me for defending all those lies, my Friends say, “What difference does it make”, as long as it’s not “US” who has to Die

    My Legacy is wide and sure, for I make it sound OH so real, I can’t remember what I did, but I will read it all, in my very Rich,………Book-Deal !!

    Will I see you at My Library, where you can admire, touch, and look, but stay away from my “Shelves of Deeds”, for it will be filled with all “FAUX ” Books

    Farewell for now America, for there’s more we need to do, should Hillary take my place, complete my task, then America’s end is True

    I did my best to tear it down, and make Freedom a “Bad” word, some resisted my “Internal Coup”, a Silent Majority wants to be heard.
    Should Americans rise-up, to the Patriot ring of Liberty’s Bell, then Fear consumes my Heart, my Feet, as I run, I say Farewell………………Barry / Barack
    _____________________________________________________
    A view / opinion, by Thomas Pastore / Vietnam Veteran / USMC / A member of the “Silent Majority”, asking Uncle Sam’s People to RISE again

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