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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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San Francisco Archbishop details expectations for Catholic school teachers

Friday, February 6, 2015
Salvatore Cordileone
The Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has unveiled a faculty handbook calling on teachers to lead their public and professional lives consistently with church teachings on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and other behaviors he describes as evil. [...]

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Openly gay police chief revitalizes force in minority-dominated California city

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Chris Magnue
Chris Magnus – white, openly gay, soft-spoken – was an unlikely choice to take over the troubled Richmond, Calif., police force when he was lured from Fargo, a city a world apart in terms of crime and demographic makeup. [...]

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Boyfriend sought in stabbing death of transgender woman in Van Nuys, Calif.

Sunday, February 1, 2015
KABC-TV
Police in Van Nuys, Calif., are investigating the murder of a transgender woman early Saturday, and are searching for the woman's boyfriend, who detectives say is the prime suspect. [...]

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California Supreme Court ruling on sex crimes criticized as unfair to gays

Friday, January 30, 2015
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The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that adults convicted of engaging in unforced oral sex with minors must register as sex offenders, while those guilty of sexual intercourse with minors may not have to. [...]

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Some California judges with ties to Boy Scouts question ban

Monday, January 26, 2015
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The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that discriminate against gays comes against the wishes of some jurists with ties to scouting. [...]

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California bars judges from joining Boy Scouts due to anti-gay discrimination

Saturday, January 24, 2015
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California's Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. [...]

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Bullied, gay teen will get 27 years in prison in plea deal for school shooting

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Bryan Oliver
A teenager charged with shooting a classmate in the chest at his central California high school two years ago accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors Friday for a 27-year sentence in state prison. [...]

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West Hollywood to require all single-stall public restrooms to be gender-neutral

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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The city of West Hollywood plans to require gender-neutral restrooms to accommodate individuals' whose gender identity conflicts with their ascribed biological sex. [...]

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Man arrested in stabbing of transgender woman in San Francisco

Monday, January 5, 2015
Samantha Hulsey
Police in San Francisco have arrested a man on suspicion of stabbing a transgender woman as she exited a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus with her partner on Saturday evening. [...]

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Openly gay civil rights attorney to lead Calif. employment, housing department

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Kevin-Kish
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed openly gay civil rights attorney Kevin Kish to lead the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. [...]

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