Skip to comments.Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Icon Harvey Milk: Report
Posted on 07/28/2016 9:04:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The United States Navy will be naming one of their ships after gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a report by the U.S. Naval Institute, which cites a Congressional notice obtained by USNI News.
The July 14 notice, which was signed by Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, indicates that he plans to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler, USNS Harvey Milk, according to USNI.
The ship is reportedly being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California.
A Department of the Navy spokesman did not have a comment on the report.
Milk, who moved from New York to settle in San Francisco in the seventies, was elected to the SF Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. In 1972, he and his partner Scott Smith portrayed by James Franco in the film Milk opened Castro Camera on 575 Castro Street, which he operated until his assassination in 1978. His involvement in San Franciscos gay rights movement earned him the name Mayor of Castro Street.
He joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and served on the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) as a diving officer in San Diego. Milk came from a Navy family. He was honorably discharged from service as a lieutenant junior grade, according to USNI.
On Nov. 27, 1978, Milk was shot inside San Francisco City Hall. He was wearing his U.S. Navy divers belt buckle at the time, according to the report.
Ever since the 2011 repeal of the Department of Defenses Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy, California lawmakers have pushed to name a ship after Milk.
This action by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy will further send a green light to all the brave men and women who serve our nation that honesty, acceptance and authenticity are held up among the highest ideals of our military, Milks nephew Stuart Milk told the San Diego LGBT Weekly in 2012.
On Thursday, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, who signed a resolution urging the Navy to name a ship after Milk, applauded the Navy's apparent decision.
This is an incredible day for the LGBT community and for our country. As a gay man and a San Franciscan, I'm incredibly proud that the Navy is honoring Harvey Milk and the entire LGBT community by naming a ship after him," Weiner said.
"This momentous decision sends a powerful message around the world about who we are as a country and the values we hold," he said. "When Harvey Milk served in the military, he couldn't tell anyone who he truly was. Now our country is telling the men and women who serve, and the entire world, that we honor and support people for who they are. Harvey Milk's strength continues to reverberate throughout our city, our country, and the world.
Maybe he sang along with The Village People's In The Navy at a rooftop party in The Castro once.
How many sailors will be eager to serve aboard the Harvey Milk???
I guess the ship will have to back in to every port of call.
What’s next? A Destroyer named after RuPaul?
What? No seaman jokes?
What the fluck? Over.
Unlikely, since he died on November 27, 1978, and Wikipedia says In the Navy was released January 17th, 1979.
this brings a whole new sense to the term “hot racking” !
I threw my cracker jacks in the garbage during Obama’s first term. I was proud of my uniform back in the day, but there’s nothing more I can do really. My hatred intensifies with every passing minute. I would never serve this vile, degenerate, squalid scummy government. FTN.
Harvey Milk, according his biographer, had a taste for under aged teen boys, and encouraged one to run away from home. But let’s me a ship after him.
This is obscene. Since when do we name Navy ships after local politicians of no significance other than that they were murdered? I tell you, once you let gays in the tent, EVERYTHING becomes gay. That is how they operate.
Is that a real photo, or a spoof?
Great! Our so called “Justice System” which is only supposed to promote “public virtue” is allowing the govt. to promote “Pride” in “anal sex” and in an evil pederast.
Our culture is as toxic and vile and vulgar as the Weimar Republic was with perversions being promoted 24/7. It created Hitler and the Nazis SS.
As Montesquieu stated, a Republic needs to promote public virtue only-—otherwise it will collapse and tyranny will reign. Freedom is only possible with a virtuous and religious people (Founders), and virtue is learned and habituated in young children. No other ethic system is equivalent to Christianity which rid the world of the pagan vices of slavery, misogyny, homosexuality and pederasty. Christian Ethics is in line with Natural Law Theory and God’s Laws.....basis of American jurisprudence that can never be antithetical to the Supreme Law of the Land ( Constitution).
Promoting and normalizing the vice of sodomy which degrades and demeans others, strips them of meaning and dignity, is unconstitutional and makes our Justice System into a Vice System. Since Natural Rights can never be separated from Natural Duties (taking care of own biological offspring), there is no such thing as “homosexual” marriage (an oxymoron which will destroy the Christian Worldview in all children raised in such a warped, unnatural vile system which glorifies males sodomizing others-—like in Sparta and islam. Same with “abortion” “Rights”-—no such thing-—it is basis of a Vice System-—so unconstitutional.
They should also name one for Jim Jones to tribute the kool aid drinking socialists among the Navy brass these days.
So I guess he never did anything at all for the Navy.
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