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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 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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U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Calif. law banning ‘gay cure’ therapy

| Monday, June 30, 2014
Supreme-Court
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight. The justices turned aside a legal challenge brought by supporters of so-called conversion or reparative therapy. Without comment, they let stand ...

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Ninth Circuit denies ‘en banc’ review of ‘heightened scrutiny’ ruling for gays

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an earlier decision by a three-judge panel which stated that gays and lesbians could not be excluded from jury duty on the basis of their sexual orientation, a ruling that for the first time applied "heightened scrutiny" to a case involving LGBT issues.

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California legislature honors George Takei as part of LGBT Pride celebration

| Monday, June 23, 2014
George Takei
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Former "Star Trek" actor George Takei is being recognized by the California Legislature as part of its celebration of LGBT Pride Month. In the Assembly, the introduction for Takei noted his work in improving relations between the U.S. and Japan and serving as a spokesman for gay rights.

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Autopsy reveals no clues into suspicious death of transgender woman

| Sunday, June 22, 2014
Zoraida Reyes
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Police are no closer to determining the cause of death of a transgender woman whose body was found June 12 behind a Dairy Queen restaurant in Anaheim, Calif. An autopsy did not reveal any obvious fatal injuries that would have led to the death of Zoraida Reyes, a 28-year-old transgender immigrant rights activist...

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San Francisco Archbishop spurns appeals to skip anti-gay marriage rally

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Monday it's his duty to proclaim "the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife," even when those views are unpopular. The comment by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone came in response to calls to skip an upcoming March for Marriage event in Washington.

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