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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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California sees its first openly gay governor, if only for a few hours

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Toni Atkins is sworn in as 69th Assembly Speaker by former Assembly Speaker, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., right, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.,  on May 12, 2014.
California will see its first-ever openly gay governor on Wednesday as out Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins fills in, briefly, while other state officials are traveling outside of California. The state this week is cycling through four Democratic governors as official after official leaves for scheduled travel. Gov. Jerry Brown is on a trade mission in Mexico...

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California’s ‘Modern Family Act’ aims to bring family law into 21st century

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break. Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for "Leave it to Beaver"-era families. Jason Patric, star of "The Lost Boys," has been seeking custody rights over...

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Garcia takes office in Long Beach, becomes city’s first gay, Latino mayor

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Robert Garcia
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Robert Garcia took office as the 28th mayor of Long Beach, Calif. on Tuesday, making him both the first openly gay person and first Latino ever to serve as the Southern California city's chief executive. California Attorney General Kamala Harris read Garcia his oath in a public ceremony.

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Gay GOP candidate for U.S. House faces criticism from opposing camps

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
California Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he’s the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations.
WASHINGTON -- Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he's the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations. He's too open about his sexual orientation for some social conservatives, but too far to the right and too quiet on social issues ...

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Marriage News Watch: Calif. anniversary, waiting on Va. ruling, Colo. ban falls

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) marks the one year anniversary of the return of marriage equality in California. It was in late June 2013 that the AFER’s case to overturn Proposition 8 finally concluded and equality was restored. Now, we’re awaiting a ruling in AFER’s Virginia case...

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California governor signs bill to update state’s marriage laws

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation replacing language in state law that defines marriage as "between a man and a woman." The bill, SB1306, takes effect Jan. 1, reflecting the legality of same-sex marriage after a decade of litigation. Brown announced the signing Monday.

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Police investigating second alleged hate crime during San Francisco pride

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
San Francisco, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police are investigating a second hate crime during the city's Gay Pride festivities. Police spokesman Albie Esparza says a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and her husband were attacked Saturday night by a group of four people who yelled anti-gay slurs.

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Burger King sells ‘Proud Whopper’ in San Francisco

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Burger King
NEW YORK -- Burger King is celebrating gay pride with a message on its Whopper wrappers. The fast-food chain says it will post a video online Wednesday that shows scenes from a San Francisco location where it sold a "Proud Whopper." Customers were not told what is in the burger, which comes wrapped in rainbow paper. Once opened up, a message inside ...

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Police say anti-gay hate crime occurred during San Francisco pride event

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- Police say an attack on two women during LGBT pride festivities in San Francisco was a hate crime. The women were walking to a transit station on Saturday evening when they were approached by five men in the South of Market neighborhood. Officer Albie Esparza said Tuesday at least one of the men shouted slurs ...

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Legislation updates California marriage laws

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
California
California's family laws would reflect the legality of same-sex marriage under a bill headed to the governor's desk. A bill passed the state Assembly on Monday removes language from the family code that says marriage must be "between a man and a woman" and substitutes gender-neutral language throughout. The bill also would remove limits on recognizing...

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