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Calif. Assembly approves ban on ‘gay panic’ defense, bill heads to governor

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
California state capitol in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state Assembly approved AB2501 on a 50-10 vote Wednesday.

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California governor signs bill to update state’s marriage laws

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation replacing language in state law that defines marriage as "between a man and a woman." The bill, SB1306, takes effect Jan. 1, reflecting the legality of same-sex marriage after a decade of litigation. Brown announced the signing Monday.

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LGBT group honors Calif. governor for lifetime efforts to advance equality

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown praised gay rights advocates Monday night for being on "the cutting edge" in pushing for equality over the last several decades, as he was honored with an award for what supporters said was his lifelong push to advance equal rights.

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Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

| Friday, February 14, 2014
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound.

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Calif. governor signs law to improve healthcare training related to LGBT seniors

| Friday, October 11, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown late Wednesday aims to ensure that the state's LGBT seniors get respectful and competent elder care by integrating LGBT cultural competency instruction into training received by residential care facility administrators.

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Calif. requires health plans to offer equal fertility coverage for same-sex couples

| Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Tuesday.

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Calif. governor Jerry Brown signs transgender birth certificate bill

| Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

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Opponents promise legal challenges to new laws protecting LGBT youth

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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Two recently approved measures creating protections for LGBT youth -- one expanding rights for transgender students in California public schools, and another prohibiting gay conversion therapy on minors in New Jersey -- have opponents promising to launch legal challenges to overturn the laws.

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Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown: Counties must comply with gay marriage ruling

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Updated, 11:30 a.m. PDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown says he has directed the California Department of Public Health to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as soon as a federal appeals court lifts its stay on a lower court ruling in the...

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Brown appeals injunction blocking enforcement of conversion therapy ban

| Friday, January 4, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Gov. Jerry Brown this week appealed a U.S. District Court injunction that has blocked the enforcement of a new state law that prohibits providing controversial "gay-to-straight" conversion therapy to LGBT youth.

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