FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
Jennifer LeSar, Toni Atkins, Thomas Phillips, Karen Bass

FILE - In this Monday, May 12, 2014 file photo, Democrat Toni Atkins, of San Diego, second from left, smiles as she looks up to friend seated in the Assembly Gallery as she is sworn in as 69th Assembly Speaker by former Assembly Speaker, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., right, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Atkins was accompanied by her spouse, Jennifer LeSar, left, and her nephew, Thomas Phillips, second from right. Atkins told an audience of women Tuesday, June 17, 2014, there was nothing courageous about her kissing her spouse when she was sworn in last month. The San Diego Democrat says the little backlash to photos of the kiss reflects growing tolerance. But Atkins cautions there are parts of California where she would feel uncomfortable holding her spouse’s hand. (AP Photo)

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By June 18, 2014

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