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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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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
Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami have their marriage license and are headed to San Francisco City Hall.
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
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 -- 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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Historic Supreme Court decisions set the stage for winning the freedom to marry

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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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
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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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