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California

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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Supreme Court rejects appeal by Prop 8 donors to keep their identities secret

Monday, March 2, 2015
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The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling against ProtectMarriage.com, the National Organization for Marriage and other supporters of a 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages in California until the ban was overturned five years later. [...]

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Archbishop answers disapproving letter from lawmakers over morality clause

Friday, February 20, 2015
Salvatore Cordileone
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote the message in response to a letter sent to him earlier this week by California lawmakers urging him to remove from a teachers' handbook morality clauses they say are discriminatory and divisive. [...]

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U.S. Congressman tweets he is ‘proud grandpa’ of a transgender grandchild

Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Democratic U.S. Congressman Mike Honda wrote that he is "the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild" and added he hopes the child can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied. [...]

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California lawmakers urge archbishop to remove morality clauses from teacher handbooks

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
The morality clause outlines the church's teaching that using contraception is a sin and that sex outside of marriage, whether it is in the form of adultery, masturbation, pornography or gay sex, is "gravely evil." [...]

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Ex-college football player admits stalking Hollywood mogul David Geffen

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Jamie Kuntz
A former North Dakota college football player who was kicked off his team after kissing a man has been given probation for stalking billionaire David Geffen. [...]

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Leather-themed public plaza proposed for San Francisco’s LGBT cultural district

Sunday, February 15, 2015
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A leather-themed public plaza would be built on the roadway outside the Eagle bar in San Francisco's South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood under a proposal backed by the developer of a new mixed-use housing and retail development. [...]

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Bruce Jenner involved in fatal Malibu crash, walks away uninjured

Sunday, February 8, 2015
The SUV with a trailer, belonging to Reality-TV star Bruce Jenner, is seen at the scene of a car crash where one person was killed and at least seven other's were injured, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Jenner was in one of the cars involved in the four-vehicle crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu that killed a woman, Los Angeles County authorities said.
Olympic gold medalist and Kardashian family patriarch Bruce Jenner was behind the wheel of an SUV involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Malibu that killed a woman and injured seven others, authorities said. [...]

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Catholic archbishop’s teacher directive prompts vigil at San Francisco cathedral

Saturday, February 7, 2015
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About 100 people attended a vigil outside the Catholic cathedral in San Francisco to protest the local archbishop's requirement that teachers at four Catholic high schools lead their public lives in accordance with church teachings on homosexuality. [...]

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San Francisco Archbishop details expectations for Catholic school teachers

Friday, February 6, 2015
Salvatore Cordileone
The Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has unveiled a faculty handbook calling on teachers to lead their public and professional lives consistently with church teachings on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and other behaviors he describes as evil. [...]

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Openly gay police chief revitalizes force in minority-dominated California city

Sunday, February 1, 2015
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Chris Magnus – white, openly gay, soft-spoken – was an unlikely choice to take over the troubled Richmond, Calif., police force when he was lured from Fargo, a city a world apart in terms of crime and demographic makeup. [...]

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