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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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LA city council approves $1.25 million settlement in lesbian discrimination case

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council approved a $1.25 million settlement Wednesday to a current and former officer who accused the Police Department of discriminating against them and harassing them because they are lesbians.

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Singer Michelle Shocked declares ‘God hates fags’ during San Francisco show

Monday, March 18, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Folk singer Michelle Shocked stunned a San Francisco audience on Sunday night after breaking into an anti-gay rant in which she said, "God hates fags."

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ACLU alleges gay students harassed at Calif. high school

Monday, March 18, 2013
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HESPERIA, Calif. -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on Monday demanded that officials at a a San Bernardino County high school step in to end discrimination against gay students by teachers and administrators.

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Obama administration lawyer to take part in Prop 8 arguments at Supreme Court

Friday, March 15, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to let an Obama administration lawyer take part in the argument on March 26 on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage in that state.

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Davis, Calif., police ID suspect in possible hate crime attack on gay man

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Mikey Partida suffered injuries to his eyes, neck, and head, among other injuries, in an alleged hate crime attack on March 10.
DAVIS, Calif. -- Police in Davis, Calif., have identified a suspect in a brutal attack on a gay man last weekend, and said they were investigating the violent beating as a possible hate crime.

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Hundreds stage ‘kiss-in’ after Calif. mall ejects affectionate gay couple

Sunday, March 10, 2013
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ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- Hundreds of gay rights advocates staged a "kiss in" and peaceful protest at a Califonria mall on Saturday where just one week earlier, a gay couple said they were ejected for holding hands and kissing each other.

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Gay couple kicked out of Calif. mall for kissing, holding hands in public

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- A gay couple in California said they were kicked out of a local shopping mall because they kissed each other and held hands in public.

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Pepperdine to offer scholarship to LGBT-supportive students

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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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
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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
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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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