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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Theology professor to leave Christain college after coming out as transgender

| Monday, September 23, 2013
Heath Adam Ackley
AZUSA, Calif. -- A veteran theology professor at Azusa Pacific University, a California Christian college, has been asked to leave his teaching post of 15 years after announcing last week that he is transgender.

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Transgender teen crowned Homecoming Queen at Calif. high school

| Saturday, September 21, 2013
KNBC-TVCassidy Lynn Campbell
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- A transgender student made history Friday night when she was elected crowned homecoming queen at an Orange County, Calif. high school.

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Calif. town mayor stripped of duties for declaring June LGBT pride month

| Thursday, September 19, 2013
Virginia Gurrola
PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- An ongoing clash in Porterville, Calif., between the mayor and city council members over a proclamation designating June as LGBT Pride month, has cost the mayor and vice mayor their jobs.

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Court to decide if juror can be dismissed based on sexual orientation

| Wednesday, September 18, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- An appeals court gave little indication Wednesday whether a potential juror can be booted from a trial solely because of sexual orientation.

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Calif. bill that would penalize Boy Scouts’ tax exempt status shelved

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
Ricardo Lara
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A bill to strip the Boy Scouts of America of its tax-exempt status in California because of the organization's refusal to allow gay troop leaders stalled Thursday in the Legislature after failing to garner enough votes to pass.

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Calif. Senate OKs bill to aid transgender citizens with name changes, identity documents

| Monday, September 9, 2013
Toni Atkins
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California state Senate on Friday approved a bill to provide transgender citizens improved access to legal name changes and identity documents that accurately reflect their gender identity.

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Transgender students face ‘outing’ when schools do not have inclusive policies

ARTURO GARCIA SIERRA | The Daily Aztec | Saturday, September 7, 2013
Getting accustomed to a new school as a transfer student may be a difficult experience. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies junior Rob Ortiz, the necessary first week of school changes and challenges were added to by another set of stressors: dealing with a university staff that was not prepared to answer the pleas of someone who identifies as a transgender male.

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Calif. prison officials to allow same-sex weddings for inmates

| Wednesday, September 4, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California prison officials have confirmed that inmates can get married to someone of the same sex under certain conditions.

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Federal judge: Veterans Affairs can’t deny benefits to same-sex couples

| Friday, August 30, 2013
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.
LOS ANGELES -- A judge in Los Angeles ruled Thursday that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Federal appeals court upholds Calif. ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy

| Thursday, August 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the nation's first-of-its-kind law in California prohibiting health practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight.

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