Skip to comments.Harvey Milk Day Dies With Governor's Veto (Schwarzenegger)
Posted on 09/30/2008 11:35:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a proposed Harvey Milk Day. The measure would have set aside the birthday of the slain gay activist/politician in his memory and encourage public schools to commemorate and educate about the history of California's first openly gay politician.
Schwarzenegger's veto came on the last day possible to kill the legislation introduced by openly gay Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and passed by lawmakers.
In his veto message issued Tuesday, the governor explained his reasons for vetoing the measure.
I respect the author's intent to designate May 22nd as 'Harvey Milk Day' and a day of special significance for California public schools and educational institutions to honor Harvey Milk as an important community leader and public official in the city and county of San Francisco. However, I believe his contributions should continue to be recognized at the local level by those who were most impacted by his contributions.
Gay activist Milk won a long-fought election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. But it was a short-lived victory. The next year Dan White, another supervisor, assassinated Milk along with Mayor George Moscone at San Francisco City Hall.
Milk was also a prominent gay activist, who fought against anti-gay initiatives and dubbed himself the Mayor of Castro Street.
Conservative groups had condemned the legislative effort to give Milk his own day.
It's crazy, Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute, told news10, the Sacramento ABC affiliate. It's a day that celebrates the history of a gay individual for being gay. That's his claim to fame.
Milk's life and legacy is being dramatized in a new film to be released in November. Early speculation about director Gus Van Sant's biopic, where Milk is played by Sean Penn, is that it has Oscar potential.
Goodness. I mean, I feel bad the guy was shot and killed, but “Harvey Milk Day?”
Well, Ahnold occasionally gives us a pleasant surprise.
But not Box Office potential.
Of course. Let those most impacted have a free-sex-on-Castro-Street day. Bring the kiddies. It'll be great demonstration of all the looooooove.
I'm sure it's already won the oscar simply because of its subject.
He was shot for being an asshole politician. An asshole who stuck it to a fellow politician and then laughed in his face. Milk choose to act in an uncivilized manner and was met with an uncivilized response.
Even a broken clock...
Oh I was going to make a remark something along the line of “what’s the difference” but thought better of it.
Harvey Milk is the “Gay” Horst Wessel. Wessel was a Nazi brownshirt thug who was killed in a fight with a communist.
Perhaps Arnold’s Austrian blood had a sense of what the Gaystapo crowd is trying to do with Milk’s killing.
they have their harvey milk day, it’s the folsom street fair.
apparently at the 2008 fair, there were a lot of obama buttons and pins along with the leather, lack of clothing, and deviant behavior.
Ironically, not too many years later, the anti-milk campaigns by the Latina/Hispanic coalitions began with loud trumpets - that milk was bad for those of Hispanic Extraction. It was hilarious being in the SF Financial District observing the confusion among those who live for conspiracies.
Dan White was the last ‘conservative’ politician in San Francisco history. After he disgraced himself, and, by association, all conservatives, by his double murder, no one was again able to stand up for ‘family values’ in that city.
Good for Arnold!
Or just stomp on a Twinkie and yell hurray he is dead.
If I recall there were two people assassinated that day...where is HIS day>
This was about faggotry and faggotry alone.
Thank you Ahnold for not subjecting the children of CA to more abuse at the hands of faggots.
...and no one will mention the corruption of Milk and George Moscone either, who owed their elections to a “community organizer” named the Rev. Jim Jones and his volunteers. Both Moscone and Milk defended this so-called “Reverend” when the dam broke with the stories of abuse at his cult and he fled to South America, where he and his followers drank (or in many cases were forced) to drink the “Kool Aid.”
...which the regular crowd of sheer-haters ignore, minimize, or explain away.
Does that mean Che day and Fidel Friday is canceled?
I would never celebrate “man milk” day, which is what it would become.
The subject guarantees "Oscar potential" no matter how poorly done the propaganda may be. I Suspect the subject also guarantees it will not make much money.
If you remember Dan White is the guy who attempted the Twinkie defense. I think he won but I can remember the details.
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In Orlando they already have a queer holiday. Gay Weekend is held at the theme parks every year, at the beginning of June.