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A new California law places paparazzi under the spotlight

A new law in California attempts to crack down on paparazzi whose aggressive tactics might endanger their subjects, stoking a debate over whether individual privacy should take precedence over freedom of the press

Bill to legalize, tax marijuana in California gets a hearing

Legislation to make California the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use lit up a Capitol committee hearing Wednesday with three hours of lively but mellow debate. No joint consensus was reached.

California Divorce Ban Gets Approval for Signatures

In 2009, California passed the “California Protection of Marriage Amendment,” or “Prop 8.” Proposition 8 bravely protected the institution of traditional marriage by making sure that gay people could not participate in it. One man feels Proposition 8 did not go far enough, and that the only way to truly protect the institution of traditional marriage would be a ban on divorce.

Gay Marriage Fight Fuels Debate Over Petitioners' Rights

The fierce fight over same-sex marriage in California and elsewhere is creating pressure to recognize a new free-speech right that could keep petition signatures secret.

Human Rights Campaign to Honor Judy Shepard in Palm Springs

Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and member of the HRC Foundation board of directors, will receive the Ally for Equality award for her work to pass hate crimes legislation.