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Blumenauer among 4 House members sued for flying Pride flag at Capitol

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A man is suing Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer over the Pride flag outside of his Washington, D.C., office.

Chris Sevier is asking for just $1 in damages for this suit, which he claims is about religion.

In the lawsuit, Sevier claimed that marriage between a man and a woman is "the only form of marriage that actually serves a secular purpose."

Blumenauer disagrees with that premise and said he will continue to fly the flag next to the American and Oregon flags.

He told FOX 12 that he flies the flag because he wants everyone, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, race or immigration status, to feel safe and welcome in his office, adding that diversity is what makes this country great and should be celebrated.

"I fly this flag because I want everyone - no matter their gender, sexual orientation, race, immigration status - to feel safe and welcome in my office. I want the LGBTQ community in Oregon and across the country to understand that they are supported and have an advocate here in their nation's capital. Diversity is what makes this country great, and it should be celebrated.

"Sadly, we've seen a rise in hateful rhetoric since the election of Donald Trump. It is more important than ever that we stand up to bigotry and hate of any kind. Nothing is going to stop me from fighting for equality, justice, and peace."

Sevier also named Reps. Alan Lowenthal and Susan Davis of California and Rep. Donald Beyer of Virginia in the lawsuit.

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