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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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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 [...]

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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
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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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Gay marriage opponents running out of cash ahead of Supreme Court hearing

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- ProtectMarriage.com, the principal advocacy group backing California's Proposition 8, a 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, is suffering serious fundraising shortfalls, according to their attorney, Andrew Pugno. [...]

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Reports of the death of Equality California ‘are greatly exaggerated’

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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The reports of the death of Equality California (EQCA) are greatly exaggerated, the nonprofit’s new boss tells San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. Like Mark Twain once did, John O’Connor, who became EQCA’s executive director about six weeks ago, is dispelling rumors about the health of the organization. [...]

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Prop 8 proponents urge Supreme Court to uphold voters’ ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Supporters of California's Proposition 8 -- the 2008 voter approved ban on same-sex marriage -- urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to preserve the state's definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, the first of many arguments the high court will hear this year on [...]

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