USS Harvey Milk may be in the works

Antonio X. Garcia August 16, 2012 4
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SACRAMENTO, CA- This week, a California state senator has introduced a resolution that would wholeheartedly support a movement to name a Naval ship after slain LGBT civil rights leader and first openly gay politician Harvey Milk. If passed by the state legislature, the nonbinding resolution would add California’s voice to a growing chorus of support for LGBT equality and acceptance within the ranks of the military. Last year, President Obama reversed the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and this summer the Pentagon held it’s first-ever Gay Pride celebration.

Democratic State Senator Christine Kehoe of San Diego, who authored the resolution, cited Milk’s LGBT political triumphs, civil rights activism, and Naval career as a foundation for her argument as to why such an honor should be bestowed upon the former San Francisco City Supervisor. “Harvey was a major influence in state and national politics on issues important to the LGBT community,” proclaimed Kehoe.

Upon graduating from what is now known as the University of New York in Albany in 1951, Milk enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served until his discharge under the rank of Lieutenant in 1955. In 1977 Milk became an LGBT civil rights rights pioneer by becoming the first openly Gay political candidate to win office in the United States. In November 1978 Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Mascone were assassinated by former colleague Dan White. In 2009, President Obama honored Harvey Milk with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

There has been no official word by the Navy one way or the other whether Harvey Milk’s name is truly under consideration, however, staunch conservative opposition has begun to flare up.

The resolution (known as Senate Resolution 36) is currently pending in the California state legislature.

 

4 Comments »

  1. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth August 16, 2012 at 1:48 am - Reply

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing this.. and
    let’s keep our fingers crossed 😀

  2. Inspired: The Voices against Prop 8 August 16, 2012 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Who would’ve imagined this would ever even be a debate?

  3. Alex
    Alex September 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    A battle ship? Somehow I don’t think he’d approve.

    • Alex
      Alex September 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      He looks miserable in that pic.

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