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California is the 31st U.S. state, admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850. It is the most populous U.S. state, and its largest city is Los Angeles, the second most populous city in the U.S. Its capital city is Sacramento.

LGBT Rights in California: Same-sex marriage was legal in California for a five-month period in 2008 until voters approved Proposition 8 in November of the same year, banning marriage between gay couples. The ban was struck down in 2013, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to recognize the legal standing of the opponents of same-sex marriage, and same-sex marriages recommenced on June 28, 2013.

California grants extensive protections for LGBT people under state law, particularly for housing, credit, labor and/or employment, and joint adoption by same-sex couples. Hate crimes laws include protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

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Calif. legislature OKs bill allowing birth certificates to reflect same-sex parents

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that would modernize birth certificates to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender.

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Abuse of boy whose mother called gay described in graphic testimony

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gabriel Fernandez
PALMDALE, Calif. -- Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy who was allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend. Court documents made public Monday show Gabriel Fernandez was doused with pepper spray, forced to eat his own vomit and locked in a cabinet with a sock stuffed in his mouth...

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Gay man beaten, left for dead, dies after being removed from life support

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Bryan Higgins
SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco gay man who was beaten and left for dead in the city's Castro District on Sunday was taken off of life support Wednesday afternoon while more than 100 people gathered in a silent vigil on a hill in a nearby park. Police are now investigating his death of Bryan Higgins, 31, as a homicide.

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Calif. man sues doctor for listing homosexuality as a ‘chronic condition’

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Matthew Moore
LOS ANGELES -- A California man las filed a lawsuit against his doctor and a Southern California healthcare network, saying they ignored his request to remove a notation from his medial records describing "homosexual behavior" as a "chronic problem." KNBC-TV reports that Matthew Moore, 46, who is openly gay, said he was shocked to see his sexual orientation ...

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Calif. man pleads not guilty to murder, hate crime of bisexual co-worker

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Miguel Angel Bautista Ramirez (left) is charged in the murder of Juan Ceballos (right).
MECCA, Calif. -- A California man has pleaded not guilty in the murder of a bisexual co-worker who police say was gunned down outside his home because of his sexual orientation. Miguel Angel Bautista Ramirez, 25, is charged in the July 13 murder of Juan Ceballos, 20, in Mecca, Calif. The two men worked at a local Pizza Hut.

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California sees its first openly gay governor, if only for a few hours

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Toni Atkins is sworn in as 69th Assembly Speaker by former Assembly Speaker, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., right, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.,  on May 12, 2014.
California will see its first-ever openly gay governor on Wednesday as out Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins fills in, briefly, while other state officials are traveling outside of California. The state this week is cycling through four Democratic governors as official after official leaves for scheduled travel. Gov. Jerry Brown is on a trade mission in Mexico...

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California’s ‘Modern Family Act’ aims to bring family law into 21st century

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break. Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for "Leave it to Beaver"-era families. Jason Patric, star of "The Lost Boys," has been seeking custody rights over...

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Garcia takes office in Long Beach, becomes city’s first gay, Latino mayor

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Robert Garcia
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Robert Garcia took office as the 28th mayor of Long Beach, Calif. on Tuesday, making him both the first openly gay person and first Latino ever to serve as the Southern California city's chief executive. California Attorney General Kamala Harris read Garcia his oath in a public ceremony.

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Gay GOP candidate for U.S. House faces criticism from opposing camps

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
California Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he’s the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations.
WASHINGTON -- Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he's the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations. He's too open about his sexual orientation for some social conservatives, but too far to the right and too quiet on social issues ...

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Marriage News Watch: Calif. anniversary, waiting on Va. ruling, Colo. ban falls

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) marks the one year anniversary of the return of marriage equality in California. It was in late June 2013 that the AFER’s case to overturn Proposition 8 finally concluded and equality was restored. Now, we’re awaiting a ruling in AFER’s Virginia case...

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