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As of the California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003 (effective January 1, 2005), domestic partnerships are considered equivalent to legal definitions of recognized and performed same-sex unions in other states of the United States and other nation-states.

Proposition 22, an initiative passed by voters in 2000, forbade the state from recognizing same-sex marriages.

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It removed unenforceable and discriminatory language against same-sex couples, such as Proposition 22 (2000) and AB 607 (1977), and also modernized the entire code by replacing references to "husband" and "wife" with "spouse(s)".California has provided benefits to same-sex partners of state employees since 1999.Through the Domestic Partnership Act of 1999, California became the first state in the United States to recognize same-sex relationships in any legal capacity.Prior to European arrival and colonization in the 18th century, numerous Native American groups lived in the modern state of California.

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Among these, many recognize a "third gender" role in their societies (nowadays also called "two-spirit").

Proposition 8 proponents sought rehearing en banc (meaning review of the decision by a larger panel of Ninth Circuit judges) but this was denied in June 2012. The Supreme Court issued its ruling on June 26, 2013, effectively upholding the lower courts' determination that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional but doing so on procedural grounds without directly addressing the constitutionality of the measure. Efforts were underway for a 2012 referendum to repeal Proposition 8 and amend the State Constitution to allow same-sex couples to marry.