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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Pepperdine to offer scholarship to LGBT-supportive students

| Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Pepperdine University
Pepperdine University has announced a new scholarship for “students who have demonstrated a commitment to the LGBT community,” according to the university’s student newspaper, the Pepperdine Graphic.

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California lawmaker seeks rights for transgender students

| Monday, March 4, 2013
Tom Ammiano
SAN FRANCISCO -- A California lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing transgender students the right to use public school restrooms and participate on the sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders.

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Attorneys in historic same-sex marriage case sign book deal

| Saturday, March 2, 2013
Ted Olson (left), and David Boies
NEW YORK — The bipartisan legal team leading the fight for same-sex marriage has a book deal. Democrat David Boies and Republican Theodore B. Olson have signed with Viking for "A Just Cause: Law, Love, and the Case for Marriage Equality."

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Majority of San Francisco residents oppose renaming airport after Harvey Milk

| Friday, March 1, 2013
Harvey Milk
SAN FRANCISCO -- The results of a poll commissioned by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce last month and published Friday showed that a majority of the city's residents oppose renaming San Francisco International Airport after slain gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

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State of California weighs in on U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8

| Thursday, February 28, 2013
The state of California on Thursday filed its own amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, the state’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage.

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Expelled transgender student sues California Baptist University

| Thursday, February 28, 2013
Domaine Javier
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A transgender woman has filed a lawsuit after she was expelled from a Christian university after she revealed in an episode of MTV’s “True Life” that she is biologically male.

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Poll: Calif. support of marriage equality a record high 61 percent

| Thursday, February 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A record 61 percent of Californians now approve of allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a poll released Thursday.

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Judge refuses to dismiss gay California veteran’s lawsuit

| Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.
LOS ANGELES -- A lawsuit brought by a lesbian U.S. Army veteran and her wife over the denial of disability benefits can move forward over the objections of the Department of Justice, a federal judge in California ruled Monday.

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Plaintiffs in Prop 8 case ask Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage ban

| Thursday, February 21, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gay and lesbian couples who are challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage said Thursday that the Constitution prohibits discrimination against them in the nation's largest state or anywhere else in America.

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California law would remove tax exempt status for anti-gay Boy Scouts

| Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ricardo Lara
A California state Senator on Tuesday introduced legislation that would remove the state's tax exempt status for any youth group -- including the Boy Scouts of America -- that bans members on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

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