California governor Arnold Swarznegger announced the designation of May 22 to honor the slain civil rights activist.
Sacramento, California (WiredPRNews.com) – California Governor Arnold Swarznegger announced Monday that he would be signing a bill to establish the designation of a day to honor slain civil rights activist Harvey Milk. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the state will recognize May 22, Milk’s birthday, as Harvey Milk Day.
As noted by the AP, the governor vetoed a bill last year that was designed to give milk the designation. Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear is quoted by the AP as stating of the governor’s change of heart, “He has become much more of a symbol of the gay community than he was a year ago because of those things…That made the difference from last year: he’s really come to symbolize the gay community in California.”
Milk, who served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and was a strong advocate for gay rights, was assassinated in 1978.
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