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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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Majority of San Francisco residents oppose renaming airport after Harvey Milk

| Friday, March 1, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Reparative therapy: ‘It is shocking that we are still shocking people!’

| Sunday, February 10, 2013
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Forty years ago, in 1973, the American Psychiatric Association announced that homosexuality was not a mental illness. “Conversion or Reparative therapy” has been rejected by the World Health Organization, the American Psychological Association and almost every other professional therapeutic group in America to date. When a medication is harmful, we pull it off the market, yet we allow a so-called therapeutic practice that we know is harmful to be used on minors. There is something very wrong here...

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Lambda Legal urges federal appeals court to uphold ban on reparative therapy

| Friday, February 8, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Lambda Legal has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, urging the court to uphold the California law known as SB 1172 that prohibits mental health providers from performing controversial “gay-to-straight” conversion therapy on LGBT youth.

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Gay Vietnamese protest exclusion from annual New Year’s ‘Tet’ parade

| Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Members of the local Vietnamese LGBT community march in the 2010 parade.
WESTMINSTER, Calif. -- A group of gay Vietnamese Americans and their supporters in Southern California's Orange County are asking to be allowed to participate in this weekend's Tet parade in celebration of the Vietnamese New Year.

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