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  • Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego applaud Gov. Jerry Brown, before his annual State of the State Address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, announced, that the Democratic caucus has elected Atkins to replace Perez as speaker later this year. De Leon is considered the front-runner to replace Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, as Senate president pro tem who is termed out. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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  • California Assembly Speaker John Perez, the body's first openly gay leader, urges lawmakers to approve a measure requiring public schools to teach the historical contributions of gay Americans, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Gay-history bill goes to Calif. governor

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