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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Press shows no interest in anti-gay organization’s press conference

| Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Reverend Louis Sheldon, founder of the Traditional Values Coalition -- one of three California “pro-family” organizations leading the effort to overturn California's FAIR Education Act -- invited the Southern Californian press corps to attend a news conference on TVC efforts seeking a ballot initiate to overturn the law.

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Federal judge orders release of Proposition 8 trial recordings

| Monday, September 19, 2011
James Ware
U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Ware on Monday ordered the release of the video and audio tapes of the Proposition 8 trial. In his 16-page ruling, Ware cited the need to preserve the integrity of the federal judiciary and stated that he saw no compelling reason keeping the tapes under seal.

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NCLR Analysis: CA Supreme Court should not give unprecedented powers to Prop 8 supporters

| Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Ted Olson, arguing before the California Supreme Court on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments on an important issue of California law that may affect whether the sponsors of Proposition 8 can continue to pursue their federal court appeal in Perry v. Brown, the case challenging Prop 8 (read background on the...

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NCLR says Prop 8 sponsors should not be allowed to ‘usurp’ elected officials

| Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Kate Kendell
Calling it an "unthinkable blow to California’s democratic system of government if the handful of individuals who sponsored Prop 8 could make decisions for the entire state," Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the NCLR, on Tuesday said that proponents of Proposition 8 should not be allowed to "usurp duly elected officials."

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California Supreme Court seems uncertain regarding Prop 8 standing

| Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The seven-member California Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed troubled, in much the same way a federal appeals panel was troubled last January, to find which power should prevail on whether the "Yes on 8" group should be granted standing to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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California Supreme Court to hear arguments on ‘standing’ in Prop 8 appeal

| Monday, September 5, 2011
The Earl Warren Building is San Francisco, home to the California Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments as to whether there is any authority under California law that gives Yes on 8 the right to appeal a ruling that struck down the state ban on same-sex marriage when state officials decided not to.

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Calif. Senate approves ‘Seth’s Law,’ aimed at reducing anti-gay bullying

| Saturday, September 3, 2011
Seth Walsh
The California state Senate late Thursday approved “Seth’s Law,” an anti-bullying measure aimed at giving public schools tools to prevent and address bullying through mandatory policies and systems to help discourage harassment and track incidents when they do occur.

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Prosecutors vow to retry California teen accused of killing gay classmate

| Friday, September 2, 2011
Brandon McInerney
Prosecutors in the murder trial of an Oxnard, Calif., teen — accused of the execution-style murder of openly gay classmate Lawrence King — vowed on Friday to retry Brandon McInerney, 17, maintaining that the shooting was a premeditated hate crime.

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Mistrial declared in King murder trial after jury fails to reach consensus

| Thursday, September 1, 2011
A judge in California on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case of an Oxnard teenager accused of the execution-style murder of an openly gay classmate, Lawrence King.

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Equality California leads broad coalition of advocates to protect LGBT history law

| Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A broad coalition of advocacy groups have launched a coordinated effort to protect and educate the public on California’s Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, the landmark legislation that requires that the historical contributions of LGBT Americans to be included in history lessons and classroom textbooks.

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Federal judge hears arguments for, against releasing Prop 8 trial recordings

| Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A federal judge in San Francisco on Monday heard arguments on whether to release videotapes of last year’s historic trial on Proposition 8, in which then-U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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What are the Proposition 8 proponents trying to hide?

| Monday, August 29, 2011
Just what are the Prop 8 proponents trying to hide, and why are they afraid to let the public see their witnesses being cross-examined? We may find out after a hearing on Monday. Also, John Boehner's defense of DOMA is found to be full of junk science, a semi-reprieve for LGBTs fearing deportation, and there's lots of work still to do in Maine.

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Federal court hearing Monday on Prop 8 trial videotape release

| Sunday, August 28, 2011
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First, there was a federal court trial. Then, there was a hearing on whether to sequester videotapes of the trial; Monday, there will be a hearing on whether to release the videotapes of the trial.

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Prosecution rests in murder of gay teen — ‘Larry King was executed for who he was’

| Thursday, August 25, 2011
Brandon McInerney
Ventura County deputy prosecutor Maeve Fox told jurors in her closing arguments on Thursday, "It’s natural to feel sympathy for youthful murder defendant Brandon McInerney, who grew up in a home so violent and dysfunctional that he wasn’t even allowed to cry after his father punched him in the face. But the law does not allow for sympathy."

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Anti-gay NOM still circumventing campaign finance laws for donor secrecy

By Kevin Nix | Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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The nation’s leading anti-gay group, the National Organization for Marriage, opposes marriage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, and earlier this month, many of the leading Republican presidential candidates signed NOM’s pledge calling for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. NOM has...

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