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California lawmaker wants U.S. Navy to name ship after Harvey Milk

Thursday, August 16, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has introduced a resolution to support efforts to name a Navy ship after gay rights icon Harvey Milk.

Kehoe’s nonbinding Senate Resolution 36 is being considered by the Rules Committee.

Christine Kehoe

Milk made history as the first openly gay politician to get elected to public office in California as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

He served in the Navy, and was stationed in San Diego during part of his military service. He left the Navy in 1955, holding the rank of lieutenant.

As a public speaker, Milk was passionate and eloquent, inspiring a generation of LGBT activists at the beginning of the gay-rights movement. Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White on Nov. 27, 1978.

“Harvey was a major influence in state and national politics on issues important to the LGBT community,” Kehoe said in a statement.

The memory of Milk has been honored in San Diego this year with the renaming of a city street to Harvey Milk Street, which dead-ends in front of The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. I VOTE “YES!”

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:55pm
  2. GREAT IDEA!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:55pm
  3. i vote yes

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:56pm
  4. Harvey Milk would have been proud to have a Navy ship named after him..

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:57pm
  5. He should be honored and remembered for his bravery and his untimely loss.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:00pm
  6. Too bad it will never happened, even though he served in the Navy for I believe five years if not longer.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:00pm
  7. Harvey Milk was a Navy officer, a submariner, and was wearing his submariner buckle the day he was assassinated by Dan White.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:02pm
  8. Probably not going to happen right now but what a great idea!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:04pm
  9. You realize, of course, that she’s making a name FOR HERSELF here and that Milk would have HATED having a big hunk of military equipment named after him, right?

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:12pm
  10. Love it! Hope it happens.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:12pm
  11. Rogi, you are aware, of course, that Harvey Milk was a Navy veteran? I think he would have been honored to have a ship bear his name.

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:22pm
  12. OMG, the bigots will rise like mosquitoes over the swamp!

    Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:44pm
  13. yell YES!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 12:58am
  14. no kidding bob

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 12:59am