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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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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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Calif. state Assembly OKs transgender student accommodations

Thursday, May 9, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Transgender students would have the right to use public school restrooms and participate on sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders under a bill approved Thursday in the California Assembly. [...]

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With R.I. a done deal, focus shifts to gay marriage bills in six other states

Monday, April 29, 2013
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With Rhode Island poised to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage following a key vote in the state’s General Assembly scheduled for Thursday, supporters of marriage equality are shifting their focus to other states. [...]

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SF Pride leader says Manning’s pick as grand marshall was an employee error

Saturday, April 27, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO — Racing to stanch a flow of criticism, the president of San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration said Friday night that the U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website will not be an honorary grand marshal after all. [...]

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Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning named SF Pride parade grand marshal

Friday, April 26, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been named as a grand marshal of San Francisco's annual gay rights parade, a choice that was immediately condemned by several groups representing gay and lesbian service members. [...]

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Los Angeles scout leaders: No good choice in new gay scouting proposal

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles scout leaders say the Boy Scouts of America's proposal to lift the ban for gay youth members, but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders, does not go far enough. [...]

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Federal appeals court to hear challenge to Calif. gay therapy ban

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court is to hear arguments Wednesday on whether a first-of-its-kind law that prohibits licensed mental health professionals in California from offering therapies aimed at making gay and lesbian teenagers straight violates the civil rights of practitioners and parents. [...]

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