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

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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
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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Historic Supreme Court decisions set the stage for winning the freedom to marry

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Rich Pedroncelli, AP
Ellen Pontac (left) and her wife Shelly Bailes, celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage in California Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif.
By any standard, the Supreme Court’s decisions striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and clearing the way for the end of Proposition 8 in California are landmarks in the struggle for LGBT equality. Not since the Court’s decision 10 years ago that laws criminalizing same-sex sexual intimacy violate the freedom of LGBT people to control their lives and define their relationships has the nation’s highest court offered such a resounding affirmation that governmental discrimination against LGBT people is incompatible with the guarantees of our Constitution.

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Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown: Counties must comply with gay marriage ruling

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013
FileGov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
Updated, 11:30 a.m. PDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown says he has directed the California Department of Public Health to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as soon as a federal appeals court lifts its stay on a lower court ruling in the...

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Gay marriage ruling draws sober response in San Francisco

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013
/Eric Risberg, APSame-sex couple Lisa Kirk, left, and Lena Brancatelli, cry while reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage in California, Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at their home in San Jose, Calif.
Updated: 10:45 a.m. PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A crowd at San Francisco City Hall applauded the news Wednesday that the U.S. Supreme Court had cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, but the reaction was shaded by the knowledge that the high...

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PROP 8 FALLS: Supreme Court ruling clears way for gay marriage in Calif.

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Jeff Chiu, APA rainbow flag flies in front of the Castro Theater in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

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LAPD announce arrest in brutal attack on transgender woman

| Saturday, June 22, 2013
From family videoVivian Diego, following the May 31 attack.
LOS ANGELES -- One of four alleged attackers in a brutal beating of a transgender woman in Hollywood last month has been arrested and is custody, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Report: One-third of San Francisco’s homeless identify as LGBT

| Saturday, June 22, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — More than one-quarter of the homeless people counted in San Francisco this year identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, a proportion that surprised veteran advocates for the homeless who say that gays are overrepresented in the ranks of homeless youth and elderly.

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AFER chronicles three years working to overturn Proposition 8

| Saturday, June 15, 2013
With just days left before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) has compiled this look back at the last three years of working to overturn California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Calif. Senate committee advances transgender student rights bill

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013
SACRAMENTO -- A California Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would require public schools to respect a transgender student’s gender identity in all school programs, activities, and facilities.

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