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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Healthcare and LGBT seniors: the tragic story of Harold and Clay

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This month, a jury there will begin hearing the case of Harold Scull and Clay Greene, an elderly couple who endured the worst nightmare imaginable at the hands of health care workers and county officials two years ago in the small town of Sebastopol. [ Read more → ]
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Brian: Please don’t let Proposition 8 take away my dreams

Sunday, July 11, 2010
There are always going to be those people who will never accept homosexuality and will HATE gays and lesbians ... Everybody has that dream of growing up and falling in love and getting married, including gay people. I would ask these people to please not take that dream away from me. I deserve to be happy too. [ Read more → ]

Why Shelly supported Proposition 8

Sunday, July 11, 2010
Shelly has some very strong opinions about Prop 8. She voted in favor of the initiative because, “sexual relationships, once considered a private matter between consenting adults, can no longer be viewed as such. Private choices have public consequences." [ Read more → ]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah

Meet a Mormon who opposed Proposition 8

Sunday, July 11, 2010
I’m a Mormon, and I think It is ridiculous to think that allowing a broader realm of people to marry would somehow weaken families or marriage. I think just the opposite would be true. [ Read more → ]
Ryan Kendall

Ryan Kendall: A letter of love from a brokenhearted man on the eve of a historic day

Sunday, July 11, 2010
It is hard for me to describe, or even let myself fully feel, the pain and hurt caused by the California Supreme Court upholding Proposition 8. I have been dreading the Day of Decision. Never before in my life have I felt such a mix of sorrow, solitude, pain... [ Read more → ]
Perkins arrested shortly after Castro shooting.

San Francisco police resume manhunt for shooter in gay pride slaying

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The man arrested on suspicion of opening fire on a crowd attending a San Francisco gay pride event Saturday night is no longer believed to be the gunman responsible for murdering 19-year-old Stephen Powell and injuring two others. [ Read more → ]
Photo via twitpic @sharayray

Shooting at San Francisco gay pride event leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

Sunday, June 27, 2010
One man was fatally injured and two other people wounded in a shooting in San Francisco's Castro District late Saturday night during the "Pink Saturday" gay pride events. [ Read more → ]

’8: The Mormon Proposition’ — In theaters, film focuses on Mormon efforts to pass Prop 8

Monday, June 21, 2010
The controversial film “8: The Mormon Proposition,” which harshly criticizes the Mormon Church for campaigning in favor or California’s ban on same-sex marriage, opened in select theaters Friday. Focused on the 2008 passage of California’s Proposition 8, Director Reed Cowan’s documentary has struck a nerve... [ Read more → ]

Court hears closing arguments in landmark case challenging Prop 8 ban on gay marriage

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Closing arguments were presented in court today in the landmark trial challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the final opportunity for attorneys on both sides to influence a federal judge in deciding the fate of California's voter approved ban on gay marrige. "This case is... [ Read more → ]

As closing arguments near, Judge poses 39 tough questions to Prop 8 litigants

Friday, June 11, 2010
The federal judge presiding over a trial on California's Proposition 8 issued a list this week of 39 wide-ranging questions to be answered in closing arguments in San Francisco next week. [caption id="attachment_8183" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Walker"][/caption] No broad conclusions can be made from this order... [ Read more → ]

Judge rules: No broadcast of closing arguments in Prop 8 trial

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Closing arguments in the federal challenge to California's Proposition 8, the voter approved ban on gay marriage, will not be broadcast. Chief Judge Vaughn Walker denied a request from media groups seeking to record the June 16 session. The U.S. District Court for the Northern... [ Read more → ]

Mormon church fined over anti-gay marriage campaign contributions

Thursday, June 10, 2010
The Mormon Church has agreed to pay a $5000 fine for failing to report some campaign staff contributions it made in support of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure in California that outlawed same-sex marriage. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Church of Jesus... [ Read more → ]

Outed California lawmaker changes course on anti-gay voting record

Friday, May 28, 2010
A California state lawmaker who was forced to reveal he is gay after a recent arrest for drunken driving spoke out passionately in favor of gay rights during a legislative session Thursday, urging his fellow senators to "rise above discrimination" and support letting gays serve... [ Read more → ]
Harvey Milk

California’s Harvey Milk Day first ever state recognition of LGBT person in U.S. history

Friday, May 21, 2010
Saturday marks Harvey Milk Day in California, the first official State Day of Recognition for an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person in our nation’s history. Last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the Harvey Milk Day bill, sponsored by Equality California and... [ Read more → ]

California Assembly repeals decades-old law to seek ‘cure’ for homosexuality

Monday, April 26, 2010
Homosexuality is no longer a sexual deviation on par with child molestation that needs to be cured -- at least in the eyes of the California Assembly. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the lower house adopted a measure Monday to strike a line of... [ Read more → ]

Prop 8 repeal fails to qualify for November ballot

Monday, April 12, 2010
A challenge to California's gay marriage ban failed on Monday to qualify for the 2010 ballot, leaving gay activists mulling a 2012 push and hoping a federal court will overturn the measure before then. Los Angeles-based Love Honor Cherish carried out a volunteer-driven signature-gathering effort... [ Read more → ]

California considers repeal of 1950′s law aimed at ‘curing’ homosexuality

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
A California Assembly committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would remove a section of state code that identifies homosexuality as a sexual deviation, equates it to child molestation and asks for research into its "causes and cures." At issue is a 60-year-old section of... [ Read more → ]

Retired minister facing church trial for performing same-sex unions

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
[caption id="attachment_7533" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Spahr(Santa Rosa Press Democrat)"][/caption] A retired Presbyterian minister faces prosecution by her own church — for the second time in four years — for officiating the marriages of same-sex couples. The Rev. Jane Spahr, 67, presided over 16 other same-sex unions... [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage advocates to appeal judge’s order to release campaign documents

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Gay marriage advocates plan to file an emergency appeal of a federal judge's order requiring them to release documents from the political campaign against Proposition 8 as part of the ongoing legal challenge to California's ban on gay unions. From the Mercury-News: In court papers... [ Read more → ]

Prop 8 opponents must release campaign materials, judge rules

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A federal judge on Monday ordered same-sex marriage advocacy groups to turn over campaign materials from the election fight over Proposition 8, a move that could prolong the legal challenge to California’s ban on gay unions [...] [ Read more → ]
Lopez (Photo: Fresno City College Rampage)

Fresno college: Instructor violated policy with anti-gay teachings

Friday, March 19, 2010
Fresno City College officials said they plan to take action against an instructor accused of presenting religious-based and anti-gay views as fact in a health class. Campus administrators have concluded [...] [ Read more → ]

Internet gay bashing not protected by free speech, court rules

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Students at a private school in Los Angeles who posted internet death threats and anti-gay messages on a classmate's webpage, can't claim the constitutional protection of free speech, a California appeals court has ruled. The parents of the boy targeted by the threatening and derogatory... [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage foes target GOP Senate hopeful

Monday, March 15, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6990" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Campbell"][/caption] A group that promotes traditional marriage is funding a new statewide ad campaign in California against U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell -- a Republican who supports gay marriage. The Washington, D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage began running the 30-second television... [ Read more → ]

New charges planned in BB-gun hate crime case

Friday, March 12, 2010
Three men accused of targeting a San Francisco man they thought was gay with a BB gun were taken into custody in a courtroom Friday after a video tape emerged showing 11 more victims. The San Francisco District Attorney's Office said there were plans to... [ Read more → ]

California GOP state senator reveals he is gay, but still won’t support gay rights

Monday, March 8, 2010
A Republican state senator from California with perfect record for voting against gay rights, acknowledged Monday that he was gay. "I am gay," said state Sen. Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield, breaking his silence on a conservative AM talk-radio show. "Those are the words that have... [ Read more → ]
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