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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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Some California judges with ties to Boy Scouts question ban

Monday, January 26, 2015
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The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that discriminate against gays comes against the wishes of some jurists with ties to scouting. [...]

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California bars judges from joining Boy Scouts due to anti-gay discrimination

Saturday, January 24, 2015
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California's Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. [...]

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Bullied, gay teen will get 27 years in prison in plea deal for school shooting

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Bryan Oliver
A teenager charged with shooting a classmate in the chest at his central California high school two years ago accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors Friday for a 27-year sentence in state prison. [...]

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West Hollywood to require all single-stall public restrooms to be gender-neutral

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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The city of West Hollywood plans to require gender-neutral restrooms to accommodate individuals' whose gender identity conflicts with their ascribed biological sex. [...]

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Man arrested in stabbing of transgender woman in San Francisco

Monday, January 5, 2015
Samantha Hulsey
Police in San Francisco have arrested a man on suspicion of stabbing a transgender woman as she exited a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus with her partner on Saturday evening. [...]

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Openly gay civil rights attorney to lead Calif. employment, housing department

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed openly gay civil rights attorney Kevin Kish to lead the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. [...]

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12-year-old boy on cheerleading squad commits suicide over anti-gay bullying

Friday, December 5, 2014
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FOLSOM, Calif. -- A 12-year-old middle-school student in Folsom, Cailf., committed suicide this week and friends and family say relentless anti-gay bullying was the cause because the boy was on the cheerleading squad last year. [...]

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Two arrested, third sought in ambush, attack on gay man in California

Friday, November 14, 2014
Ethan Walker is wanted in connection with the Oct. 28 attack on a gay man in Victorville, Calif.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. -- Authorities in Southern California have arrested two suspects and are searching for a third they say led an attack on a man who was struck with rocks, bottles and a wooden board because he's gay. [...]

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Gay Republican Carl DeMaio concedes San Diego U.S. House race

Monday, November 10, 2014
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SAN DIEGO -- Republican Carl DeMaio on Sunday conceded defeat to incumbent Scott Peters in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races to represent a large part of San Diego, ending a bitter campaign that was rocked by claims that he sexually harassed a former staffer. [...]

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Gay Republican Carl DeMaio defeated in San Diego race for U.S. House

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Carl DeMaio, Republican congressional candidate in the 52nd district, addresses his supporters during election night activities Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in San Diego.
SAN DIEGO -- Democrat U.S. Rep. Scott Peters on Friday won a second term to represent a large swath of San Diego in Congress following a bitter campaign that saw his Republican challenger on the defensive against accusations of sexual harassment by a former campaign staffer. [...]

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