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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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San Diego man accused of intentionally infecting dozens of men with HIV

| Friday, August 29, 2014
Thomas Guerra
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A California gay man who is alleged to be HIV positive is accused of intentionally infecting at least two dozen men in and around the San Diego area. Two men say 29-year-old Thomas Guerra infected them with the HIV virus, and one man who spoke to KFMB-TV says he’s speaking out to warn others about the alleged actions of his former partner.

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Calif. man sues Little Caesars for denying health coverage to same-sex spouses

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- A California man has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination by Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza for denying health insurance benefits to employees' same-sex spouses. Frank Bernard, 47, filed the action in state Superior Court in Orange County, Calif., on Wednesday against the nation's third-largest pizza chain...

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Calif. Assembly approves ban on ‘gay panic’ defense, bill heads to governor

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
California state capitol in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state Assembly approved AB2501 on a 50-10 vote Wednesday.

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All-female college adopts new policy to admit transgender students

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Transgender students who identify as female will now be considered for enrollment at Mills College in Oakland. The announcement makes Mills the first of the country’s 119 single-sex colleges to have an official policy for transgender applicants.

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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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