Monday, October 12, 2009

Milk Honored with California State Holiday

California Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger has signed a bill making May 22 Harvey Milk Day. The day marks the birthday of the slain public official who became the first openly gay person elected to public office in that state. Milk, who was assassinated in 1978 along with Mayor George Moscone.
Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill last year, saying that Milk should be recognized at a local level. However, the new bill recognizes Harvey Milk Day statewide.

The bill has met some opposition. There were over 100,000 phone calls to the governor's office protesting the bill. The holiday will not close schools are state offices. However, that still doesn't keep some from raising concerns.

Randy Thomasson, the president of SaveCalifornia.com, said the bill was vague and could allow for a number of things at schools, including gay pride parades or "mock gay weddings."

"Harvey Milk was a terrible role model for children," said Thomasson, whose organization opposed the bill.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Milk earlier this year by President Barack Obama. The bill marks the first time any state has officially honored an openly gay person.

[Read more from the CNN source HERE]

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