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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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Supreme Court reschedules conference to review DOMA, Prop 8 cases

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- The United States Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it has rescheduled the private conference to review the legal appeals relating to California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

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San Francisco to provide equal health care access to transgender patients

Thursday, November 8, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Health Commission, the governing and policy-making body of the city's Department of Public Health, announced Tuesday its intent to remove transgender exclusions from the "Healthy San Francisco" health access program.

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Openly gay Asian American first LGBT person of color in U.S. Congress

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Openly gay Democrat Mark Takano beat his Republican opponent John Tavaglione by a double-digit margin in the race for California's U.S. House District 41, and will become the first LGBT person of color in the U.S. Congress.

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Gay Republican Carl DeMaio concedes in San Diego mayoral race

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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SAN DIEGO – Bob Filner won election as mayor of San Diego early today, defeating Carl DeMaio, whose election would have made history as the first gay Republican to take the reins of one of America’s largest cities,

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Catholic university revokes fellowship for theologian who backs gay marriage

Sunday, November 4, 2012
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SAN DIEGO -- A British theologian claims that the University of San Diego has withdrawn a fellowship and revoked a speaking invitation because she signed a letter supporting civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United Kingdom.

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Equality California announces new director

Friday, October 26, 2012
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After a year without a permanent executive director, the statewide LGBT lobbying group Equality California announced Wednesday that the board of directors has selected John O'Connor, who currently serves as the executive director of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert in Palm Springs, to fill the position.

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Advocacy groups move to defend California’s ban on reparative therapy

Saturday, October 20, 2012
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Two LGBT advocacy groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Equality California, filed court papers late Friday seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the new California law protecting LGBT youth from "gay-to-straight" reparative therapy.

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Elizabeth Emken: The making of an anti-gay politician

Friday, October 19, 2012
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The vision stays with me, even after all these years. I’m in junior high, and I’ve just looked into the eyes of an overweight girl, having just delivered a devastatingly cruel blow. Her bright blue eyes, haunted and broken, serve as lingering reminders of how destructive words can be, and I’ve often wished I could take that moment back. Little did I know that girl, Elizabeth Emken, would years later run for public office, in an attempt to unseat California Senator Dianne Feinstein...

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NOM mastermind Frank Schubert makes millions selling LGBT discrimination

Friday, October 19, 2012
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National Organization for Marriage (NOM) strategist Frank Schubert has made nearly $3 million selling anti-LGBT discrimination in just the past year, according to NOM Exposed, a project of the Human Rights Campaign.

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Let’s keep discrimination out of Minnesota’s constitution

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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I want them to remember us not as the last generation to attack our fellow citizens' individual and religious freedoms, but rather as the first one to defend the right to marry -- for everyone. And, as a Minnesotan, I want future generations to remember my state not as the latest to pass an anti-marriage amendment to its constitution, but rather as the first to defeat such a hurtful measure...

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