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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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 agreement was reached Thursday in which he admitted to a charge of ...
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 sight.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that prohibits the so called "gay panic" defense from being used to escape murder charges. Current state law allows murder charges to be reduced to manslaughter if the killings happened in a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Transgender Californians will have the right to have their gender identity properly recognized on death certificates under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor announced Friday that he signed AB1577 by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a fellow Democrat from San Diego.
VENTURA, Calif. -- The principal at a Southern California high school has barred a booster club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches on campus because of the chain’s position on same-sex marriage.
LOS ANGELES -- One in five Los Angeles County foster youths identifies as LGBTQ, according to a study released this week by researchers at UCLA’s Williams Institute. The report, entitled “Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Los Angeles County Foster Care: Assessing Disproportionality and Disparities,” is the first population-based survey aimed at measuring sexual orientation...
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A California gay man who is alleged to be HIV positive is accused of intentionally infecting at least two dozen men in and around the San Diego area. Two men say 29-year-old Thomas Guerra infected them with the HIV virus, and one man who spoke to KFMB-TV says he’s speaking out to warn others about the alleged actions of his former partner.
LOS ANGELES -- A California man has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination by Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza for denying health insurance benefits to employees' same-sex spouses. Frank Bernard, 47, filed the action in state Superior Court in Orange County, Calif., on Wednesday against the nation's third-largest pizza chain...