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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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Transgender woman who appeared in online reality series found murdered

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
FONTANA, Calif. -- A transgender woman was found murdered in her Southern California apartment on Tuesday, with evidence of a violent struggle. [...]

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Opponents promise legal challenges to new laws protecting LGBT youth

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Two recently approved measures creating protections for LGBT youth -- one expanding rights for transgender students in California public schools, and another prohibiting gay conversion therapy on minors in New Jersey -- have opponents promising to launch legal challenges to overturn the laws. [...]

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Calif. lawmaker removes son from school over transgender law

Friday, August 16, 2013
Rich Pedroncelli, APTim Donnelly
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall. [...]

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BREAKING: Calif. Supreme Court refuses to revive Prop 8 challenge

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to halt gay marriages in the state, leaving opponents of same-sex weddings few - if any - legal options to stop the unions. [...]

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Calif. governor Jerry Brown signs landmark transgender student rights bill

Monday, August 12, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the School Success and Opportunity Act into law, a landmark bill to ensure transgender youth have equal opportunities to fully participate and succeed in schools programs across the state. [...]

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San Diego county clerk withdraws bid to revive Proposition 8

Saturday, August 3, 2013
Ernest Dronenburg Jr.
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego's county clerk, the man charged with issuing marriage licenses there and the most prominent public figure to move against gay marriage in California since its recent resumption, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop the practice, saying he was ceding the fight to a group [...]

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Teen delivers petitions urging Calif. governor to sign transgender school bill

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Ashton Lee
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A 16-year-old transgender teen from Manteca, Calif., on Wednesday delivered petitions containing more that 6,000 signatures urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign legislation that would change the way California public schools treat transgender students. [...]

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Man arrested in attack on woman during San Francisco Pride

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
San Francisco, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police have made an arrest in a brutal assault and robbery of a woman during the city’s gay pride festivities. Police say surveillance video of the June 30 attack shows 23-year-old Oakland resident Christopher Porter-Bailey kick the woman in the face while she is on [...]

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Calif. AG says San Diego clerk’s petition to block gay marriage is ‘improper’

Monday, July 29, 2013
Attorney General Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris says the elected clerk of San Diego County is improperly using the state's legal system to try to prevent same-sex couples from getting married. [...]

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz: Pray to stop the ‘assault on marriage’

Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Christian Broadcasting Network has released more footage from the recent Religious Right summit in Iowa organized by David Lane and featuring speakers like U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). [...]

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