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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Attorney General Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

Calif. AG says San Diego clerk’s petition to block gay marriage is ‘improper’

Monday, July 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris says the elected clerk of San Diego County is improperly using the state's legal system to try to prevent same-sex couples from getting married. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz: Pray to stop the ‘assault on marriage’

Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Christian Broadcasting Network has released more footage from the recent Religious Right summit in Iowa organized by David Lane and featuring speakers like U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). [ Read more → ]
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Retired Methodist ministers say they’ll break Church rules and perform gay weddings

Saturday, July 27, 2013
RENO, Nev. — Five retired United Methodist ministers are taking a stand against their church's rules regarding same-sex unions. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. school district settles discrimination complaint by transgender student

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The U.S. government said Wednesday it had reached an agreement with a Southern California school district to resolve claims the district discriminated against a transgender student. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. Supreme Court rejects San Diego clerk’s bid to stop gay marriages

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- California's highest court is again refusing to immediately stop the state from sanctioning same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

Calif. AG tells court to reject San Diego clerk’s bid to stop same-sex marriages

Monday, July 22, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- California's chief law enforcement officer urged the state Supreme Court on Monday to refuse once again to stop same-sex marriages while the justices consider a legal bid to revive Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay nuptials. [ Read more → ]
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Should states’ rights decide gay rights? Or any rights?

Sunday, July 21, 2013
The citizens of each state want what they want. The people with the money have the power, and they want to mold their cities and towns to their own little standards, with their own little rules, their own little prejudices, and their own little innuendos. Those who struggle to keep their heads above the water have no money which means they have no power and their voice is very rarely, if ever, heard. They are considered “the other,” and the laws are never structured to their benefit ... LGBTQ citizens fall into “the other” category. [ Read more → ]
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San Diego County clerk seeks end to Calif. gay marriages

Friday, July 19, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Diego County government official in charge of issuing marriage licenses asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to stop gay marriages. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights activists arrested after Calif. city rescinds pride month proclamation

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- Three gay rights activists are facing charges Wednesday morning after protesting a city council vote to reject a proclamation passed by the mayor last month that declared June as LGBT Pride month in Porterville. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. Supreme Court rejects emergency plea to stop gay marriages

Monday, July 15, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court is refusing to order the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT group finds acceptance at evangelical college

Saturday, July 13, 2013
PASADENA, Calif. -- Nick Palacios struggled to get his conservative Pentecostal parents to accept him as a gay evangelical Christian for nearly a decade before his family found a common ground through faith. Now, as an openly gay seminarian, the 29-year-old hopes to carve out... [ Read more → ]
Marcio Jose Sanchez, APProp 8 lead plaintiffs Sandy Stier, left, exchanges wedding vows with Kris Perry during a ceremony presided by California Attorney General Kamala Harris at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday,  June 28, 2013.

Not giving up: Opponents ask California Supreme Court to stop gay weddings

Friday, July 12, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of same-sex marriage demanded Friday that the California Supreme Court immediately halt the practice that recently resumed in the nation's largest state after a nine-year legal battle. [ Read more → ]
Service members march in uniform in last year's San Diego pride parade.

U.S. Navy to allow uniformed service members to march in San Diego pride

Saturday, July 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The U.S. Navy says that active duty service members under the Region Southwest command may participate in uniform in this year's San Diego LGBT pride parade. [ Read more → ]
Rich Pedroncelli, APState Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, urges the passage of a bill regarding transgender students at the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Calif. lawmakers approve transgender student rights bill

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes. [ Read more → ]
Gosia Wozniacka, APNaomi Hendrix, right, and Rio Waller exchange their wedding vows as they are married in a small garden across from the Fresno County Clerk's office on Monday, June 1, 2013.

Gay and lesbian couples flock to Calif. courts, city halls to get married

Monday, July 1, 2013
Jubilant gay and lesbian couples flocked to city halls and county courthouses across California on Monday to wed with pets, siblings and kids in tow as same-sex marriages resumed across the state following a five-year legal hiatus. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APJoseph and Tim Ginejko hold their 6-month-old twin daughters while watching San Francisco's pride parade on Sunday. The couple, who traveled from Fresno, Calif. for the celebration, wed in 2008.

PHOTOS: Millions flock to pride events just days after Supreme Court rulings

Monday, July 1, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — Millions of gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis and other major U.S. cities to celebrate what once was unimaginable — two Supreme Court victories on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 700 employees march in SF pride parade

Monday, July 1, 2013
Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg joined more than 700 Facebook employees marching in San Francisco's gay pride on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
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BREAKING: Kennedy rejects ‘emergency’ bid to stop gay marriages in Calif.

Sunday, June 30, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an emergency request to stop same-sex marriages in California, a lawyer for the gay couples who sued said Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Marcio Jose Sanchez, APCynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey file for a marriage certificate at City Hall in San Francisco on Saturday.

Gay couples line up to marry in Calif., while opponents seek to halt weddings

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dozens of couples in jeans, shorts, white dresses and the occasional military uniform filled San Francisco City Hall on Saturday as clerks resumed issuing marriage licenses one day after a federal appeals court removed the last obstacle to making same-sex matrimony legal again in California. [ Read more → ]
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Gay marriage opponents ask Supreme Court to stop Calif. weddings

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lawyers for the sponsors of the state's gay marriage ban filed an emergency motion Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and stop the weddings. [ Read more → ]
Jeff Chiu, APJen Rainin, left, laughs as her wife Frances holds up their dog Punum after they were married at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, June 28, 2013.

After years of legal battles, gay marriages resume in Calif. with a flurry

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Same-sex marriages that were outlawed in California 4 1/2 years ago resumed in a rush after a federal appeals court took the "unusual, but not unprecedented," step of freeing couples to obtain marriage licenses, before the U.S. Supreme Court had issued its final judgment in a challenge of the state's voter-approved gay marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
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PHOTOS: L.A. mayor officiates wedding of co-plaintiffs in Calif. gay marriage case

Friday, June 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in over four years, a same-sex couple has tied the knot in Los Angeles. Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, two plaintiffs who successfully challenged Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court, were married Friday evening by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at City Hall. [ Read more → ]
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PHOTOS: Calif. Attorney General presides over wedding of Prop 8 plaintiffs

Friday, June 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kris Perry and Sandy Steir, lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban, tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years. [ Read more → ]
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BREAKING: Plaintiffs in Calif. marriage case marry in San Francisco, L.A.

Friday, June 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years. [ Read more → ]
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Losers in Prop 8 case call restart of same-sex marriages a ‘disgrace’

Friday, June 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban say a federal appeals court decision that clears the way for gay weddings to resume is "disgraceful." [ Read more → ]
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