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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Schwarzenegger reveals he officiated two gay weddings while Calif. governor

| Sunday, September 30, 2012
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who maintained a public position of opposing same-sex marriage, revealed in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday that he presided over two ceremonies of gay couples while in office.

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California Governor signs landmark legislation to ban reparative therapy for minors

| Sunday, September 30, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday made history by signing a landmark legislation banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight — often referred to as reparative therapy.

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Brown signs bill ensuring equal access to fertility services for same-sex couples

| Friday, September 28, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Friday signed a bill to ensure that women in same-sex relationships and single women can access fertility services on the same terms as women in opposite-sex relationships.

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Ex-Playgirl model guilty in beating death of San Diego gay man

| Tuesday, September 25, 2012
SAN DIEGO – A former Playgirl model has been convicted of second-degree murder in connection with the beating death of Jason “Cowboy” Huggins, a beloved figure in the San Diego LGBT community.

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Supreme Court: Proposition 8, three other LGBT cases, not on court’s list

| Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday included no same-sex marriage cases in its first announcement of what lower court decisions it will review during the 2012-13 session. Legal activists will almost certainly begin speculating now whether the high court is preparing to refuse to hear an appeal to preserve California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. That action could come as early as Monday, October 1, or be pending for weeks.

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West Hollywood to make rainbow crosswalks permanent in honor of gay pride

| Monday, September 10, 2012
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA -- The city of West Hollywood has announced that it make permanent the temporary rainbow crosswalks installed back in June in honor of gay pride month.

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U.S. Supreme Court to conference on Prop 8, partner benefits cases

| Thursday, September 6, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has set at least three cases related to marriage equality and same-sex partner benefits for conference on Sept. 24, including the federal case against California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Openly gay California Assembly speaker addresses Democratic Convention

| Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez took to the podium Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and praised President Barack Obama for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and for coming out in support of marriage equality, calling it evidence that the Administration is working to protect and advance “opportunities” for all American people.

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Police investigate alleged gay bashing by four Marines outside Long Beach bar

| Wednesday, September 5, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Police in Long Beach, Calif., are investigating an assault involving four U.S. Marine Corps' personnel who allegedly attacked a film student from San Dimas, Calif., and beat him unconscious outside the Silver Fox, a popular gay-patronized establishment.

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California urges Postal Service to honor Harvey Milk with postage stamp

| Monday, September 3, 2012
Harvey Milk
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California State Assembly has adopted a resolution carried by Assemblymember Toni Atkins requesting that the U.S. Postal Service honor slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk with a postage stamp.

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