To those who disagree with the Governor of California I have one word for them. Tough. To hear right-wingers talk about the effects of honoring Harvey Milk is just plain laughable.
Harvey Milk is an icon for those in the nation who support social progress and equality. As such the news today from California was applauded by many from coast to coast.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill commemorating Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected to public office in the state, a spokesman for the governor said Monday.
Under the measure, the governor each year would proclaim May 22 — Milk’s birthday — as a day of significance across the state.
Milk was a “unique” historical figure who led a civil rights movement and then was “assassinated in his public office for being who he was,” State Sen. Mark Leno, a Democrat, told CNN last month.
However, 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 reality is Harvey Milk is a hero to so many people and a great role model,” said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, the group that backed the bill introduced by Leno.
“It’s very appropriate that the state he worked in and passed the first gay rights bill in the country should honor him.”
He said the bill marks the first time any state has officially honored an openly gay person.
President Barack Obama posthumously honored Milk with a Presidential Medal of Freedom this year, and Sean Penn portrayed him in this year’s film “Milk,” for which he received an Oscar for best actor.