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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Attorney Charles Cooper, the lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

Lawyer who argued in favor of Prop 8 now planning gay daughter’s wedding

Thursday, April 17, 2014
WASHINGTON — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on same-sex marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. [ Read more → ]
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Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republicans candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising. [ Read more → ]
Jadee-Dennis

A journey from daughter to son: A transgender teen’s story

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A California transgender teen is sharing his story to encourage acceptance of other LGBT kids like himself. [ Read more → ]
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Manning regains honor as grand marshal in San Francisco Pride parade

Saturday, April 12, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — An imprisoned U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website will serve as an honorary grand marshal in this year's San Francisco Pride parade. [ Read more → ]
Damian Dovarganes, APLos Angeles County Public Health Clinics are offering free vaccines against invasive meningococcal disease to those without health insurance.

Concerns escalate following deaths of gay, bisexual men from meningitis

Saturday, April 5, 2014
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — In the heart of this close-knit gay community, Luke Martel reflects the feelings of many when it comes to a strain of meningitis that has killed three gay men this year in Los Angeles County: He's concerned but not overly so. [ Read more → ]
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LA County urges vaccinations for gay men following three deaths from meningitis

Thursday, April 3, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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Opponents of Calif. transgender rights law revive ballot fight

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools are challenging the secretary of state's finding that they failed to gather enough voter signatures for a referendum to repeal the law. [ Read more → ]
The Fresno BeeKaren Adell Scot

High school science teacher changing gender to ‘authentic self’

Thursday, March 20, 2014
After spring break, 24-year Yosemite, Calif. high school science and multimedia teacher Gary Sconce will return to teach as her true self. "It's like getting out of dark solitary confinement in prison where you never saw the light." [ Read more → ]
The winning design for San Francisco's rainbow sidewalks is similar to this crosswalk in Vancouver, BC.

San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood to get rainbow crosswalks

Saturday, March 15, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's famed LGBT-friendly Castro district will be showing more of its gay pride when the city paints four crosswalks in the colors of the Rainbow Pride flag. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)

LGBT group honors Calif. governor for lifetime efforts to advance equality

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown praised gay rights advocates Monday night for being on "the cutting edge" in pushing for equality over the last several decades, as he was honored with an award for what supporters said was his lifelong push to advance equal rights. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender student recants sexual assault report

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- A transgender teen who said he was beaten and sexually assaulted in a California high school bathroom recanted the story, police said Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Lenny Ignelzi, APDaniella McDonald, an activist and supporter of the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB1266), tells attendees at a rally organized by San Diego LGBTQ rights organizations Canvass for a Cause, SAME Alliance, and Black and Pink that the petition drive to place a proposition on the ballot to repeal the law failed to garner enough signatures Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in San Diego.

Bid to repeal Calif. transgender student rights fails to qualify for November ballot

Monday, February 24, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools have failed to gather enough voter signatures to place a referendum to repeal the law on the November ballot. [ Read more → ]
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

Friday, February 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound. [ Read more → ]
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Man convicted in attack during last year’s San Francisco Pride

Friday, February 14, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco prosecutors say a man has been found guilty for an attack on a woman during the city's gay pride festivities that was caught on surveillance video. [ Read more → ]
The existing West Holloywood flag (right) with white blocks on a blue background, will be modified to reflect rainbow colored blocks on a white background.

West Hollywood to make over city flag in rainbow pride colors

Saturday, February 8, 2014
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif — The city of West Hollywood is adding the colors of gay pride to its city flag after drawing criticism for removing a rainbow flag from City Hall last month. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. might bar judges from leading Scouts over ban on gay leaders

Friday, February 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — California's judicial branch is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would prohibit judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts of America on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. [ Read more → ]
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Prosecution deferred for transgender student facing battery charge

Thursday, February 6, 2014
HERCULES, Calif. — A transgender teenager facing a misdemeanor battery charge after defending herself from school bullies was in court Thursday and entered into an agreement that allows her to participate in a restorative justice program, which would defer prosecution on the battery charge. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. conversion therapy ban put on hold pending Supreme Court review

Monday, February 3, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- California's ban on conversion therapy for minors, the controversial practice that aims to turn gay youths straight, will remain on hold while opponents of the ban ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn it. [ Read more → ]
Nick Ut, APParticipants march Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 in the Lunar New Year parade, as part of the gay and lesbian group Viet Rainbow of Orange County, in Westminster, Calif.

Gay Vietnamese Americans return to Lunar New Year parade

Saturday, February 1, 2014
WESTMINSTER, Calif. — After being sidelined from last year's Lunar New Year parade, gay Vietnamese Americans marched with pride on Saturday in this year's event. [ Read more → ]
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Federal appeals court upholds Calif. ban on reparative therapy for minors

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO --A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that prohibits psychological counseling aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP (File)Attorneys David Boies, left, and Theodore Olson, address members of the media outside the Supreme Court in Washington on March 26, 2013.

‘Case Against 8’ documents five-year effort to overturn Calif. gay marriage ban

Sunday, January 26, 2014
PARK CITY, Utah — Attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies once argued the Bush v. Gore case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, but they say fighting California's law prohibiting same-sex marriage is the most significant thing they've done. [ Read more → ]
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Toni Atkins chosen next Speaker of Calif. state assembly

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California state Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins of San Diego has been chosen by her Democratic colleagues to succeed Speaker John A. Pérez as the next Speaker of the Assembly. [ Read more → ]
The "Case Against 8" is behind the scenes documentary of the high-profile trial that overturned California's Proposition 8, the state's controversial ban on same-sex marriage. Pictured: Plaintiffs Kris Perry,  Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo.

HBO holds reception for gay couples at ‘The Case Against 8’ Sundance premiere

Saturday, January 18, 2014
PARK CITY, Utah -- Though they are not considered legally married in Utah, several gay and lesbian couples were feted with a wedding celebration as part of HBO's promotion of its upcoming documentary on gay marriage, "The Case Against 8." [ Read more → ]
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Transgender teen faces battery charge for defending herself from bullies

Friday, January 10, 2014
HERCULES, Calif. -- A transgender teenager who says she has been repeatedly bullied by other students at a California high school is now facing a criminal charge for defending herself during a confrontation. [ Read more → ]
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Opponents of transgender rights law reach next step toward ballot referendum

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of a new California law that spells out the rights of transgender students in public schools have cleared the next hurdle in their effort to repeal the law at the ballot box, state elections officials said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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