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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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Portrait of girl in tuxedo omitted from Catholic school’s yearbook

| Friday, May 16, 2014
Jessica Urbina
SAN FRANCISCO — A Catholic high school in San Francisco came under fire on Friday for refusing to include a portrait of a female student wearing a tuxedo in the school yearbook.

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I just can’t vote for a gay Republican…

| Sunday, May 11, 2014
Carl DeMaio
Carl DeMaio is running for the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s a fiscal conservative Republican, and that is why he won’t have the vote of this liberal Democratic lesbian. And I don’t like the fact that he won’t really talk about LGBTQ issues – saying instead that the fiscal issues are more important. I have to hope that if he does get elected he will vote on the side of supporting LGBTQ issues … but, then again, we all know that the words "gay" and "Republican" mix about as well as oil and water.

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Calif. Assembly OK’s bill to revamp birth certificates to reflect same-sex parents

| Thursday, May 8, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lawmakers in the Assembly have approved a bill that updates birth certificates to reflect the status of same-sex parents.

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Calif. Senate advances bill to remove ‘man and woman’ from marriage laws

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A bill that would strike the traditional definition of marriage from California law was approved by the state Senate on Thursday after the U.S. and state supreme courts allowed same-sex unions to resume last year.

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LGBT donors cancel conference at Brunei-owned Beverly Hills Hotel

| Saturday, April 19, 2014
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A group of high-dollar LGBT donors has cancelled plans to hold its upcoming conference at the famed Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles following news that its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, would institute a revised penal code in his country which calls for death by stoning for homosexual activity.

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Calif. judge rules against opponents of transgender students’ rights law

| Saturday, April 19, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A judge in Sacramento has ruled that elections officials in 30 California counties do not have to turn over records that would help supporters of a failed ballot referendum challenge the invalidation of thousands of voter signatures.

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College rescinds commencement invite to Dustin Lance Black over sex photos

| Friday, April 18, 2014
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PASADENA, Calif. -- Pasadena City College has rescinded an invitation to Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black to speak at its commencement ceremony because they fear sexually explicit photos of Black that surfaced on the internet in 2009 would tarnish the school’s reputation.

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Lawyer who argued in favor of Prop 8 now planning gay daughter’s wedding

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Attorney Charles Cooper, the lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.
WASHINGTON — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on same-sex marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.

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Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republicans candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising.

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A journey from daughter to son: A transgender teen’s story

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A California transgender teen is sharing his story to encourage acceptance of other LGBT kids like himself.

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