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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Defense rests in murder trial of gay teen; accused refuses to testify

| Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Defense attorneys on Monday rested their case in the murder trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, accused in the 2008 execution-style slaying of Lawrence King, a gay classmate.

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Silly phony ‘activist’ Michael Brown claims that gays are ‘sexualizing’ children

| Thursday, August 18, 2011
In a column in One News Now, an “activist” named Michael Brown reveals the ignorance of the religious right when it comes to the gay community.

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Gay couple sues California’s Great America theme park over humiliating photo

| Thursday, August 11, 2011
A gay couple is suing California's Great America amusement park, claiming that park employees doctored a photograph of them, then displayed it publicly and captioned with a gay slur.

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U.S. government rips man away from AIDS-afflicted spouse

| Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk
After some legal wins in the cases of bi-national gay and lesbian couples, this devastating story comes out of San Francisco. [caption id="attachment_30911" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk"][media-credit name="Noah Berger, Special to the SF Chronicle" align="alignleft" width="250"][/media-credit][/caption] The San Francisco Chronicle reports...

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Defense witnesses: childhood molestation triggered violent reaction to gay classmate

| Friday, August 5, 2011
Testimony in the murder trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, accused of killing an openly gay classmate, brought new revelations of McInerney's abusive childhood, and testimony that the victim antagonized McInerney by parading around in makeup and high heels.

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Police in Long Beach, Calif., investigate increase in anti-gay attacks

| Thursday, August 4, 2011
Police in Long Beach are investigating a rash of anti-gay assaults in the city's LGBTQ neighborhood enclave known as "the Broadway Corridor," according to Long Beach police officials.

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Liberty Counsel calls California gay history law ‘bullying of the worst kind’

| Monday, August 1, 2011
Shawn Akers, the Public Policy Analyst for the anti-gay organization Liberty Counsel, on Friday said that California’s new LGBT-inclusive history law represents bullying of the worst kind.

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World Congress of Families: End California Governor Brown’s ‘Nazi State’

| Monday, August 1, 2011
Larry Jacobs
The head of the Rockford, Ill.-based Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society's "World Congress of Families," told the American Family Association's OneNewsNow website, that conservatives in California need to band together to repeal a "pro-homosexual law" recently signed by California's Governor Jerry Brown. [caption...

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King murder trial resumes — defense claims accused was sexually harassed

| Sunday, July 31, 2011
Testimony resumes this week in the murder trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, accused of the 2008 execution-style shooting of an openly gay classmate, then-15-year-old Lawrence King.

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Suspect in murder of gay immigrant says victim’s death was accidental

| Friday, July 29, 2011
David Munoz Diaz
The man accused of murdering 23-year-old Freddy Canul-Arguello and then setting fire to the victim's remains, has claimed that Canul-Arguello's death was accidental, according to his attorney, San Francisco public defender Alex Lilien.

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Arrest made in murder of gay immigrant found burned, left in park dumpster

| Saturday, July 23, 2011
San Francisco police have made an arrest in connection with the murder of a gay immigrant whose body was discovered last month burned beyond recognition.

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New York state flag to fly high above San Francisco’s famed Castro neighborhood

| Wednesday, July 20, 2011
In an act of appreciation and in solidarity with the greater LGBTQ community of the Empire State, when New York's first same-sex marriages commence this Sunday, the New York state flag will fly above San Francisco's famed Castro neighborhood.

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Estimated 250 active military, veterans march in San Diego gay pride parade

| Monday, July 18, 2011
An estimated 250 active-duty service members and veterans on Saturday marched Saturday in San Diego's gay pride parade, just one day after a federal appeals court reinstated "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," but with a provision that prohibits the military from investigating or penalizing anyone who is openly gay.

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Conservative group seeks voter referendum to overturn California’s LGBT history law

| Monday, July 18, 2011
Paulo Sibaja
A California-based conservative group on Friday filed documents seeking to place a voter referendum on the 2012 ballot to overturn a new state law that would require public schools to include the historical contributions of LGBT Americans in history lessons and classroom materials.

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California governor signs landmark bill that would require teaching of LGBT history

| Thursday, July 14, 2011
Jerry Brown
California's Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law landmark legislation that would require the historical contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans to be included in history lessons and classroom textbooks.

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