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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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Opponents of Calif. transgender law say they will qualify for ballot initiative

| Sunday, November 10, 2013
Karen England, executive director of the California Resource Institute, left, and volunteers Grace LeFever, center, and Christina Hill, sort through stacks of mail with petitions for a referendum to overturn a new California law that allows transgender students to chose which public school restrooms they use.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain rights said Sunday that they had collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal the law.

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Teen charged as adult in hate crime attack for setting fire to agender victim

| Saturday, November 9, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A 16-year-old teen has been charged as an adult in an alleged hate crime against an agender victim whose skirt was set on fire while sleeping on a city bus.

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Christian group spreading another false transgender harassment story

| Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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TEMECULA, Calif. -- As the battle intensifies over California's recently enacted transgender student rights law, one transgender advocate said Tuesday she has caught another conservative Christian group spreading a second "fabricated" story about restroom harassment in a California school.

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Celebrities raise awareness for homeless LGBT youth in Los Angeles (Video)

| Sunday, October 20, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- Jamie Foxx and Elton John are among a number of celebrities participating in a new public service announcement to raise awareness for homeless LGBT youth of Los Angeles.

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Finally, the day for those who have been married in their hearts a very long time

| Sunday, October 20, 2013
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Weddings come in a lot of flavors. Many are planned, sometimes long before a potential mate is even in the picture. Some come about at the last minute. Some of the opposite sex variety come about because improper birth control was used and the couple “has to.” Then there are some special ones that occur when marriage equality is finally attained: the weddings of people who have been married in their hearts for a very long time, but only now can be legally and socially recognized. These kind of weddings will take place in New Jersey this week. Long term couples becoming legally, publicly married and acknowledged. It is about time.

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Sacramento city council committee advances transgender rights ordinance

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Sacramento city council committee on Tuesday voted to advance a measure that would add gender identity to the city's non-discrimination law.

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Halloween horrors: The ghost of Proposition 8 returns…

| Monday, October 14, 2013
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The majority of California’s “innocent children” are under attack from a vile, twisted bunch hoping to ogle the opposite sex in the bathroom. Just as in Prop 8, the LGBT community is being equated with pedophiles. That tired old “abnormal” and “sick” paint brush is being used collectively on the trans community, as if simply being different makes one unworthy of equal treatment under the law. ... Given all the similarities to Prop 8 messaging, it’s no surprise that the National Organization for Marriage is behind this petition drive, or that Prop 8′s chief strategist, Frank Schubert, works on this campaign as well.

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Calif. governor signs law to improve healthcare training related to LGBT seniors

| Friday, October 11, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown late Wednesday aims to ensure that the state's LGBT seniors get respectful and competent elder care by integrating LGBT cultural competency instruction into training received by residential care facility administrators.

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Calif. requires health plans to offer equal fertility coverage for same-sex couples

| Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Tuesday.

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Calif. governor Jerry Brown signs transgender birth certificate bill

| Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

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