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California

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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Brown appeals injunction blocking enforcement of conversion therapy ban

Friday, January 4, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Gov. Jerry Brown this week appealed a U.S. District Court injunction that has blocked the enforcement of a new state law that prohibits providing controversial "gay-to-straight" conversion therapy to LGBT youth.

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Court grants delay of Cailf. law banning conversion therapy on LGBT minors

Friday, December 21, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday blocked the start of a new California law that prohibits therapists from practicing sexual orientation conversion, or "reparative," therapy on minors.

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Appeals court: Boy Scouts can lease public land despite ban on gay members

Thursday, December 20, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Thursday said that two leases held by the Boy Scouts of America do not violate the constitutional separation of church and state, despite the Scouts' policies that prohibit atheists, agnostics and homosexuals from becoming members.

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Federal judge rules California ban on conversion therapy can go forward

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by an anti-LGBT group to postpone the January 1, 2013 start of California’s new law banning controversial gay-to-straight conversion, or "reparative" therapy, for LGBT youth.

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Judge grants temporary injunction on California’s ban on reparative therapy

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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A federal judge in California on Monday issued a temporary injunction on the state's ban on controverial gay-to-straight "conversion" therapy, but limited the scope of his order to just the three providers who have appealed the ban.

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Calif. Congresswoman to introduce resolution targeting reparative therapy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has announced that she will introduce a House resolution on Wednesday, Nov. 28, asking the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage states to take steps to prevent minors from being harmed by controversial and discredited gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

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Calif. governor appoints state’s first gay appellate justice; names lesbian to San Diego bench

Friday, November 23, 2012
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Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday made judicial history by appointing the first openly gay justice to serve on the California Court of Appeals.

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Former Playgirl model sentenced in beating death of San Diego gay man

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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SAN DIEGO – Joshua James Larson, the former Playgirl model who was convicted of second-degree murder in connection with the 2011 beating death of Jason “Cowboy” Huggins, was sentenced to an indefinite term of 19 years to life at a hearing today.

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Supreme Court reschedules conference to review DOMA, Prop 8 cases

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- The United States Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it has rescheduled the private conference to review the legal appeals relating to California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

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San Francisco to provide equal health care access to transgender patients

Thursday, November 8, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Health Commission, the governing and policy-making body of the city's Department of Public Health, announced Tuesday its intent to remove transgender exclusions from the "Healthy San Francisco" health access program.

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