You already know there are many political differences between Virginia and California. Allow me to highlight just one.
In Virginia, the House of Delegates this year refused to confirm an impeccably credentialed lawyer as a lower court judge — because he’s gay. They had a big and ugly fight about it.
In the California Assembly, meanwhile, the majority leader is a married lesbian, one of two wedded gay lawmakers in that state. Her name is Toni Atkins. She grew up in Roanoke’s Old Southwest neighborhood. She’s a 1980 graduate of Patrick Henry High School.
Atkins, 50, was here last week with her spouse, Jennifer LeSar, visiting Atkins’ twin sister Tina Phillips for Thanksgiving. I learned this Wednesday night in a call from my brother John, who lives in Sacramento, Calif. A few minutes later, I was on the phone with Atkins, arranging a Thanksgiving morning meeting.
“Where should we meet?” she said. I tried to think of a good landmark for someone who hasn’t spent a lot of time here since 1985.
“How about the Texas Tavern?” I said.
“Oh my God, I love that place!” she gushed.
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