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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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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Banning reparative therapy: A proper restriction on parental rights

| Sunday, September 2, 2012
Parents do not raise their children in a vacuum, but instead society has to deal with the repercussions of how that child was raised. Thus, though society cannot, and should not, dictate how a parent raises their child, there are limits – very few limits – to what a parent can do with their child. In my opinion, reparative therapy should fall into this limitation...

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California OK’s landmark legislation to ban reparative therapy for minors

| Thursday, August 30, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California state legislature on Thursday passed the nation's first law banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight -- often referred to as reparative therapy -- sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval.

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California Assembly passes landmark bill to protect LGBT youth from reparative therapy

| Wednesday, August 29, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Assembly on Tuesday voted 52 to 21 in favor of a bill that will protect LGBT youth from treatments by mental health practitioners who falsely claim to be able change their sexual orientation or gender expression.

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Is 2012 shaping up as the year of marriage equality?

| Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Republican National Convention gets down to business today in Tampa, Fla., where delegates are expected to overwhelmingly pass the Republican Party platform that is unequivocally against marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Despite that, could 2012 turn out to be the year of marriage equality?

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California Assembly approves bill that would allow ‘third parent’ rights

| Monday, August 27, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California state Assembly on Monday voted in favor of a bill that would allow judges to recognize that children could have more than two parents.

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San Francisco 49ers become first NFL team to join ‘It Gets Better’ campaign

| Saturday, August 25, 2012
The San Francisco 49ers this week became the first professional football team to join the "It Gets Better" project, an anti-bullying campaign intended to end suicides among LGBT youth, and to bring awareness to bullying of of gay kids.

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All charges dropped in Equality 9 case involving Prop 8 protest

By Ben Cartwright| San Diego Gay and Lesbian News | Saturday, August 25, 2012
Some of the Equality 9 protestors outside the County Clerk's Office on August 19, 2010.
SAN DIEGO – All charges against the “Equality 9” have been dropped and the case against them has been dismissed, said Zakiya Khabir, a member of the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME).

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