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California Senate passes Harvey Milk Day legislation
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Even in death, Harvey Milk continues to make headlines. The California Senate approved legislation last Wednesday designating a day each year to honor Harvey Milk. Six Democrats and one Republican voted in favor of the bill, and two Republicans voted against it. The measure now heads to the Assembly.

The legislation, backed by Democrats, calls for Milk's May 22 birthday to be used as a time to recognize the late San Francisco supervisor's contributions. It would not be a formal holiday. The text of the SB 572 legislation reads:

"On Harvey Milk Day, exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk and recognizing his accomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state should be conducted, specifically, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to observe & and & conduct suitable commemorative exercises."

Nearly three decades after Milk and Mayor George Moscone were slain by a fellow city lawmaker in 1978, the Gay rights leader's renown continues to flourish; a bronze statue of Milk stands at the San Francisco City Hall (where Milk and Moscone were killed), the feature film about his life won Oscar nominations and trophies, and countless books and news articles have been churned out depicting the life and times of Milk.

Equality California, a Gay advocacy group supporting SB 572, said on their website, "Harvey Milk was - and still is - an inspiration not only as one of the first openly Gay men elected to office, but as a trailblazer who understood the value of working with allies, the importance of living our lives openly with authenticity and the power that our stories have to change hearts and minds."

Critics say the Gay community is showcasing Milk as part of a larger campaign to win societal acceptance, legalize Gay marriage and force schools to discuss alternative lifestyles.

Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a nearly identical bill last year indicating Milk's contributions were not statewide. Defending his decision in a statement Gov. Schwarzenegger said, "Harvey Milk's contributions should continue to be recognized at the local [San Francisco] level."

The California Legislature is expected to once again pass the bill and send it on to Gov. Schwarzenegger.
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