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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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PHOTOS: L.A. mayor officiates wedding of co-plaintiffs in Calif. gay marriage case

Friday, June 28, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in over four years, a same-sex couple has tied the knot in Los Angeles. Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, two plaintiffs who successfully challenged Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court, were married Friday evening by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at City Hall.

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PHOTOS: Calif. Attorney General presides over wedding of Prop 8 plaintiffs

Friday, June 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Kris Perry and Sandy Steir, lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban, tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

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BREAKING: Plaintiffs in Calif. marriage case marry in San Francisco, L.A.

Friday, June 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

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Losers in Prop 8 case call restart of same-sex marriages a ‘disgrace’

Friday, June 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban say a federal appeals court decision that clears the way for gay weddings to resume is "disgraceful."

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BREAKING: Prop 8 plaintiffs prepare to marry moments after ban is lifted

Friday, June 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze.

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BREAKING: U.S. appeals court in Calif. lifts hold on same-sex marriages

Friday, June 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze.

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More battles ahead before marriage equality becomes the law of the land

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
J. Scott Applewhite, APA gay rights activist runs out of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as rulings were handed down that impact same-sex relationships.
NEW YORK — Even as they celebrate a momentous legal victory, supporters of gay marriage already are anticipating a return trip to the Supreme Court in a few years, sensing that no other option but a broader court ruling will legalize same-sex unions in all 50 states.

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Five things to know about the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage in Calif.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday reopened the door to gay marriage in California. Following are five things to know about how the ruling affects same-sex couples in the state:

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Q&A: Making sense of the Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Two landmark Supreme Court rulings that bolster gay marriage rights don't remove all barriers to same-sex unions by a long shot. Where gay couples live still will have a lot to do with how they're treated. Some questions and answers about Wednesday's court rulings:

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Appeals court: At least 25 days before Calif. gay marriage resumes

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court said Wednesday it will wait at least 25 days before making a decision on whether gay marriages can resume in California. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said backers of Proposition 8 - the state ban on gay marriages - have that long to ask the Supreme court to rehear the case.

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