Calif. legislation would honor Harvey Milk |

Calif. legislation would honor Harvey Milk

SACRAMENTO — A bill honoring a gay political icon in California has been sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The legislation proclaims a “day of significance” each May 22, the birthday of former San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. It would not be a state holiday.

Milk became the nation’s first openly gay man to hold a prominent political office when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

He and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by a fellow supervisor in 1978.

Sen. Gloria Romero, Los Angeles Democrat, says Milk was a civil rights leader whose legacy continues.

There was no spoken opposition to the bill, authored by Democratic Assemblyman Mark Leno of San Francisco. It passed the Senate on a 22-13 vote Tuesday.

Schwarzenegger’s office would not say whether he would sign the bill.


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