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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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Report: One-third of San Francisco’s homeless identify as LGBT

Saturday, June 22, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO — More than one-quarter of the homeless people counted in San Francisco this year identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, a proportion that surprised veteran advocates for the homeless who say that gays are overrepresented in the ranks of homeless youth and elderly. [...]

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AFER chronicles three years working to overturn Proposition 8

Saturday, June 15, 2013
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With just days left before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) has compiled this look back at the last three years of working to overturn California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Calif. Senate committee advances transgender student rights bill

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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SACRAMENTO -- A California Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would require public schools to respect a transgender student’s gender identity in all school programs, activities, and facilities. [...]

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Calif. awaits Supreme Court ruling; readies for possible return of same-sex marriage

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
ose Luis Magana, APMarriage equality advocates demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Planning a party for thousands of people would be a challenge under the best of circumstances. Now imagine trying to pull off such a gathering without knowing what day it should happen or if there even will be cause for celebration. [...]

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San Francisco Pride organizers confirm Bradley Manning won’t be honored

Monday, June 10, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO — Organizers of San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration have confirmed that the U.S. soldier who has acknowledged providing classified documents to WikiLeaks will not be honored during this month's celebration. [...]

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Poll finds 58 percent of Calif. voters now support legalizing same-sex marriage

Monday, June 10, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- While the U.S. Supreme Court prepares its decision on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a new poll finds that a majority of California voters now support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. [...]

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Polls: Support grows for workplace protections, marriage equality in Calif.

Friday, May 31, 2013
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Support for same-sex marriage has reached a record high in California, while a majority of voters support laws to prohibit anti-gay discrimination, according to various state and national polls released this week. [...]

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Calif. Senate OKs change in tax policy targeting Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adults

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would use the state's tax policy in an attempt to pressure the Boy Scouts of America into fully accepting gay members. [...]

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Californians, gay rights advocates worldwide remember Harvey Milk

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Today is “Harvey Milk Day,” a day of honor for the slain gay rights activist, which is officially recognized by the State of California and celebrated worldwide. [...]

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Calif. moves to comply with 2011 law that requires teaching of LGBT history

Saturday, May 11, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- California education officials took the first step this week toward complying with a law that requires public schools to include prominent gay people and gay rights' milestones in the curriculum, adopting a set of classroom material guidelines that prohibit "pejorative descriptions" based on sexual orientation and gender [...]

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