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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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U.S. Navy to allow uniformed service members to march in San Diego pride

Saturday, July 6, 2013
Service members march in uniform in last year's San Diego pride parade.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The U.S. Navy says that active duty service members under the Region Southwest command may participate in uniform in this year's San Diego LGBT pride parade. [...]

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Calif. lawmakers approve transgender student rights bill

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Rich Pedroncelli, APState Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, urges the passage of a bill regarding transgender students at the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes. [...]

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Gay and lesbian couples flock to Calif. courts, city halls to get married

Monday, July 1, 2013
Gosia Wozniacka, APNaomi Hendrix, right, and Rio Waller exchange their wedding vows as they are married in a small garden across from the Fresno County Clerk's office on Monday, June 1, 2013.
Jubilant gay and lesbian couples flocked to city halls and county courthouses across California on Monday to wed with pets, siblings and kids in tow as same-sex marriages resumed across the state following a five-year legal hiatus. [...]

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PHOTOS: Millions flock to pride events just days after Supreme Court rulings

Monday, July 1, 2013
Noah Berger, APJoseph and Tim Ginejko hold their 6-month-old twin daughters while watching San Francisco's pride parade on Sunday. The couple, who traveled from Fresno, Calif. for the celebration, wed in 2008.
SAN FRANCISCO — Millions of gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis and other major U.S. cities to celebrate what once was unimaginable — two Supreme Court victories on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 700 employees march in SF pride parade

Monday, July 1, 2013
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Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg joined more than 700 Facebook employees marching in San Francisco's gay pride on Sunday. [...]

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BREAKING: Kennedy rejects ‘emergency’ bid to stop gay marriages in Calif.

Sunday, June 30, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an emergency request to stop same-sex marriages in California, a lawyer for the gay couples who sued said Sunday. [...]

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Gay couples line up to marry in Calif., while opponents seek to halt weddings

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Marcio Jose Sanchez, APCynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey file for a marriage certificate at City Hall in San Francisco on Saturday.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dozens of couples in jeans, shorts, white dresses and the occasional military uniform filled San Francisco City Hall on Saturday as clerks resumed issuing marriage licenses one day after a federal appeals court removed the last obstacle to making same-sex matrimony legal again in California. [...]

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Gay marriage opponents ask Supreme Court to stop Calif. weddings

Saturday, June 29, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lawyers for the sponsors of the state's gay marriage ban filed an emergency motion Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and stop the weddings. [...]

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After years of legal battles, gay marriages resume in Calif. with a flurry

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Jeff Chiu, APJen Rainin, left, laughs as her wife Frances holds up their dog Punum after they were married at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, June 28, 2013.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Same-sex marriages that were outlawed in California 4 1/2 years ago resumed in a rush after a federal appeals court took the "unusual, but not unprecedented," step of freeing couples to obtain marriage licenses, before the U.S. Supreme Court had issued its final judgment in a challenge [...]

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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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