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Jason Mraz: “I believe that people have a right to marry the person that they love” | VIDEO

WASHINGTON – Grammy Award winning singer Jason Mraz, who spends a lot of his free time at his retreat in Oceanside and has lent support to San Diego’s LGBT community, has joined the Americans For Marriage Equality campaign.

Mraz made a video in which he says: “I believe that people have a right to marry the person that they love.”

The campaign is the brainchild of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

“Millions of Americans listen to Jason Mraz’s love songs, yet not all loving relationships are treated with the same dignity and respect,” said Joe Solmonese, HRC’s outgoing president. “Gay and lesbian couples share the same values as everyone else - love and commitment - and deserve equal treatment under the law.”

In 2011, Mraz vowed not to wed fiancée until gays can marry.

Mraz is a multi-Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter as well as a dedicated surfer, cyclist, yogi and activist. Mraz has achieved a number of international Top 10 hits including the song, “I’m Yours,” which captured the hearts of people across the globe, surpassing 21 million sales worldwide and setting a record for the longest-running song in the 51-year history of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

His latest single, “I Won’t Give Up,” is shaping up to be another pop smash, debuting in the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s “Digital Songs” chart. “I Won’t Give Up” also quickly ascended to #1 on iTunes’ “Top Songs” and “Top Pop Songs” charts and topped other digital retailer charts around the world. The track is featured on h.is forthcoming album, “Love Is A Four Letter Word,” which will arrive April 17.

Mraz lends both his voice and his music to today’s video. His new single, “I Won’t Give Up,” plays in the background as he speaks out in favor of marriage equality nationwide.

This is the 15th video released by HRC for the campaign. Past videos feature Rossana Rosado, The Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, Michael K. Williams, Aisha Tyler, Scott Fujita, Josh Charles, John Leguizamo, Julian Bond, Mo’Nique and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

About 53% of the American public supports marriage for same-sex couples, according to a number of nonpartisan polls, including Gallup, CNN, and Washington Post/ABC News.

Americans for Marriage Equality is a public engagement campaign featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders.