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Grammy winner Jason Mraz visits The Center

SAN DIEGO -- Grammy winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz stopped by The Center this week to discuss the latest developments in the fight for equality and how he is getting involved locally.

"I came down here to learn more about how I can get involved in the fight for equality," Mraz said. "Not just marriage equality, but equality for all. And why it's important to me is that it affects my life. Many of my friends, management, staff, even one of my close, personal friends, my transgender surfing buddy ...

"I have been so inspired by the life that they live and the committed relationships that they have. Most of them have had longer, more committed relationships than I have had, yet don't get the same rights as I do, don't get to plan and protect each other in the bond that marriage offers, and to feel protected in society. So I'm down here to learn and hopefully you are here to learn and are joining me in the fight."

Mraz, who just received two Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Make it Mine" and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Lucky," has been an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community and for marriage equality.

He lives in Oceanside, where he is establishing a fully sustainable "green" farm and working on his next album.