Democratic congressional candidate Joe Morelle on Thursday was endorsed by the Equality New York PAC in his bid for the 25th congressional district.

Morelle, the number two Democrat in the state Assembly, is running to replace the late Rep. Louise Slaughter who died earlier this year.

In its endorsement, Morelle was praised for his support of the LGBTQI community in New York.

“Far too many people across this nation are still living their lives in fear of prejudice and discrimination and that is why we need more leaders in Congress like Joe Morelle who will be a fierce champion for equality and a strong ally to the LGBTQI community,” said Chris Sardella of Equality New York PAC. “Joe has spent his career fighting for equality, opportunity, and dignity for all people, regardless of their race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status. We know that a vote for Joe is a vote to keep advancing lived and legal equality for all.”

In particular, the group cited Morelle’s support for the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, as well as the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in New York.

“I am proud to stand as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and I’m honored to have the support of Equality New York,” said Morelle. “New York has always been a leader in the fight for equality — but there is still so much work to be done, especially with leaders in Washington who are advancing a disturbing anti-equality agenda. In Congress, I will never stop fighting back against the politics of hate and I will work every day to continue tearing down barriers that stand in the way of equal rights and the promise of equality for all people.”