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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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Calif. bill aimed at Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy clears first hurdle

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO — A bill aimed at pressuring the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members by making the organization ineligible for nonprofit tax breaks cleared its first vote on Wednesday in the California Legislature.

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Calif. tax bill seeks to punish Boy Scouts for anti-gay ban

| Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- California lawmakers are considering making the Boy Scouts of America and other youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members and leaders ineligible for some state tax exemptions.

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Gay detainee accuses immigration authorities of endangering his life

KEN WILLIAMS | San Diego Gay and Lesbian News | Friday, April 5, 2013
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SAN DIEGO – A 26-year-old gay man is accusing two immigration guards in El Centro, Calif. of making anti-gay slurs at him, violently roughing him up while in custody, and putting in danger his health and his life.

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Bail raised to $500K for man accused of brutal attack in anti-gay hate crime

| Monday, April 1, 2013
Mikey Partida suffered injuries to his eyes, neck, and head, among other injuries, in an alleged hate crime attack on March 10.
DAVIS, Calif. — Bail has been raised nearly sevenfold to $520,000 for a teenager facing hate crime allegations in the brutal beating of a Northern California man.

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Embattled singer Michelle Shocked stages ‘sit in’ at canceled show

| Thursday, March 28, 2013
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Face covered and mouth taped shut, alternative folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked staged a sit in outside a Santa Cruz nightclub that canceled her show because she made an anti-gay slur at a San Francisco club earlier this month.

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Lesbian cousin of Chief Justice to attend U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Prop 8

| Sunday, March 24, 2013
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The lesbian cousin of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will be among the invited guests at Tuesday’s historic hearing on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.

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LA city council approves $1.25 million settlement in lesbian discrimination case

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council approved a $1.25 million settlement Wednesday to a current and former officer who accused the Police Department of discriminating against them and harassing them because they are lesbians.

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Singer Michelle Shocked declares ‘God hates fags’ during San Francisco show

| Monday, March 18, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Folk singer Michelle Shocked stunned a San Francisco audience on Sunday night after breaking into an anti-gay rant in which she said, "God hates fags."

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ACLU alleges gay students harassed at Calif. high school

| Monday, March 18, 2013
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HESPERIA, Calif. -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on Monday demanded that officials at a a San Bernardino County high school step in to end discrimination against gay students by teachers and administrators.

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Obama administration lawyer to take part in Prop 8 arguments at Supreme Court

LYLE DENNISTON | SCOTUS Blog | Friday, March 15, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to let an Obama administration lawyer take part in the argument on March 26 on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage in that state.

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