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Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) honored San Diego’s LGBT community and marked the beginning of this weekend’s Pride celebration. As City Council President, he led the efforts on the San Diego City Council to oppose Prop. 8 and to join an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in 2007 opposing the Defense of Marriage Act, and he later served on the San Diego LGBT Center Board of Directors. In Congress, Rep. Peters celebrated the marriage equality decision in 2015 and has helped lead the charge for federal non-discrimination laws by supporting the Equality Act. He also passed legislation that would outlaw discrimination against LGBT federal workers and contractors, and last year led the opposition on the Armed Services Committee to discriminatory provisions in the annual defense bill, which ultimately were not signed into law and not offered again this year.

“San Diego has been out front on LGBT equality and leadership. During Pride, we celebrate these victories and what we’ve accomplished-from marriage equality to California’s anti-discrimination laws,” said Rep. Peters. “While these are challenging times for those fighting to guarantee civil rights for LGBT Americans and other communities, I will continue working to ensure every American, regardless of who they are or who they love, enjoys the same fundamental privileges of respect, kindness, and equality under the law. These principles helped define our nation, and my service in public office.”

Rep. Peters concluded, “I am always reinvigorated by seeing leaders and allies during Pride weekend, and look forward to the celebration. Happy Pride, San Diego.”