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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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Oregon, California regulators require transgender health coverage

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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SALEM, Ore. — Regulators in Oregon and California have quietly directed some health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients because of their gender identity. The states aren’t requiring coverage of specific medical treatments. But they told some private insurance companies they must pay for a transgender person’s [...]

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San Francisco lawmaker proposes renaming airport after Harvey Milk

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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A San Francisco lawmaker on Tuesday will introduce legislation seeking to rename San Francisco International Airport for slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk. A charter amendment by Supervisor David Campos would place the proposal to rename the airport as Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport, and if approved, the city would [...]

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First transgender contestant to compete for Miss California USA crown

Friday, January 11, 2013
Kylan Wenzel
Among the 229 contestants competing for the title of Miss California USA will be Kylan Arianna Wenzel, a 26-year-old transgender woman from Century City, Calif. Wenzel will be the first ever transgender contestant after the Miss Universe Organization changed its rules in April last year — Miss Universe operates the Miss [...]

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Gay teen’s hopes for Eagle Scout rank denied again, despite support

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Ryan Andresen
A California gay teen — who spent more than 10 years working toward become an Eagle Scout — has had his hopes dashed once again in his quest to attain Scouting’s highest honor. [...]

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Local council challenges Boy Scouts’ national ban on gay members

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Ryan Andresen
A California teen who spent years in the Boy Scouts completing the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, only to be denied the rank because he's gay, has received new support by the local council's review board to receive Scouting's highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout. [...]

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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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