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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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Univ. of Calif. president Napolitano forms advisory group on LGBT issues

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Janet Napolitano
OAKLAND, Calif. -- University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday the formation of a President’s Advisory Group on LGBT issues to advise her on how best to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT students, faculty and staff across the UC system.

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Settlement reached in suicide of teen who endured years of anti-gay bullying

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Seth Walsh
TEHACHAPI, Calif. -- The mother of a Central California teenager who committed suicide after years of anti-gay bullying has reached a $750,000 settlement with her son's school district. Wendy Walsh, whose 13-year-old son, Seth, committed suicide in 2010, accused the Tehachapi Unified School

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Long Beach, Calif., elects city’s first openly gay, Latino mayor

MATT INGOGLIA | GayPolitics.com | Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Robert Garcia
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Residents of Long Beach, Calif., on Tuesday elected Robert Garcia their next mayor, making him the city's first openly gay and Latino chief executive. Garcia will replace Mayor Bob Foster, who has held the position since 2006 when he takes office on July 15th.

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San Mateo County, Calif. to vote on creating LGBTQ advisory commission

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday whether to establish an LGBTQ Commission, which supporters say would be the first of its kind in California. The nine-member commission would advise the board on policy, bring greater visibility to the LGBT community, and provide a forum for individuals to air their concerns.

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Calif. lawmakers consider bill to ban ‘gay panic’ defense in slayings

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014
California state capitol in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bill making its way through the California Legislature would prevent defendants from using a so-called "gay panic" defense to escape murder charges.

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Teachers criticize Catholic school contracts that regulate their private lives

| Saturday, May 24, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Roman Catholic Dioceses in Oakland and Cincinnati have come under fire for new morality clauses that require teachers to conform to church teachings in their private lives.

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Catholic school apologizes for omitting girl’s tux photo, offers to reprint yearbook

| Thursday, May 22, 2014
Jessica Urbina
SAN FRANCISCO -- A Catholic prep school in California has issued a public apology and offered to reprint the school's yearbook after intentionally omitting a senior's photo from because she wore a tuxedo.

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Californians, gay rights advocates worldwide remember Harvey Milk

| Thursday, May 22, 2014
Harvey Milk
Today is “Harvey Milk Day,” a day of honor for the slain gay rights activist, which is officially recognized by the State of California and celebrated by gay rights advocates worldwide.

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Man convicted in gang rape of lesbian gets 400 year prison sentence

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Humberto Salvador
MARTINEZ, Calif. — A California man who was convicted of orchestrating the 2008 gang rape of a woman who was targeted in part because she is lesbian has been sentenced to more than 400 years in prison.

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More schools working to help transgender students feel acceptance

| Sunday, May 18, 2014
Transgender high school students Isaac Barnett, right, and his prom date, identified only by his first name Jasen, get ready to take prom photos in Kansas City, Mo. The seniors, both born as females, are open about their transgender status in their schools and say friends, teachers and administrators have been much more supportive than they expected.
Isaac Barnett took a bold step last year: He told teachers and classmates at his Kansas high school that the student they had known as a girl now wanted to be accepted as a boy. His close childhood friend, who also identified as transgender, was ready to reveal his secret, too.

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