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 DIEGO -- The hotly contested race for California's 52nd District Congressional seat in the U.S. House between U.S Rep. Scott Peters and gay Republican challenger Carl DeMaio remains a toss-up. As of Thursday morning, DeMaio held a slim 752-vote lead over the Democratic incumbent... [...]
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano won reelection to a second term in California's 41st House district on Tuesday night. Takano, who was challenged by Republican Steve Adams, was first elected to the House in 2012, becoming the first LGBT person of color in the U.S. Congress.
A man accused in the beating and torture death of an 8-year-old boy he and his mother perceived to be gay, has rejected a plea deal to murder charges that would have avoided him the death penalty. KNBC-TV reports that Isauro Aguirre has not agreed to the deal that calls [...]
This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay governor. Two candidates for Congress could [...]
LOS ANGELES -- The mother of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez and her then-boyfriend are planning to plead guilty to murder and torture charges in the boy's death as part of a plea deal, sparing them the death penalty. KNBC-TV reports that Pearl Fernandez and then-boyfriend Isauro Aguirre will receive life in [...]
LOS ANGELES -- Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn't give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job [...]
SAN DIEGO -- Prosecutors on Monday declined to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio over allegations that he sexually harassed a former campaign aide and said they were not charging the former aide with breaking into DeMaio's office.
OAKLAND, Calif. — A California teen accused of setting fire last year to an agender individual who was sleeping on an Oakland city bus, has entered a plea of no contest to felony charges. Richard Thomas, 17, faces a sentence of up to seven years in prison after a plea [...]
CORONADO, Calif. — The first wedding of Oscar de Las Salas and Gary Jackson was interrupted by hecklers yelling homophobic slurs. Now, two months later, the renewal of their vows was attended by some 300 strangers at an exclusive waterfront hotel near San Diego -- and not a heckler in [...]
LOS ANGELES -- A transgender woman was shot and killed early Thursday morning in East Hollywood, Calif. Los Angeles police say the incident appeared to be a botched robbery attempt, and the victim was likely not targeted due to her transgender status. [...]