1. says

    Funny, it was such a recent event, but the news footage seems like it was a hundred years ago. Listen to the announcer try uncomfortably to say the word “ho-mo-sexual”…

    Harvey Milk would be amazed at what has happened since then.

  2. Tom says

    There is very little about Milk in the clip. Though it was just thirty years ago, it seems that aeons have passed.

  3. John says

    Remember, this event (1978) happened less than three years after California decriminalized homosexuality.

    And that vote was razor-thin right upto the last minute. Many conservative Democrats rebelled against the bill. Even with the support of the Democratic leadership, the Assembly passed it with only a few votes to spare. The Senate was actually deadlocked 20-20 (Lt. Governor Mervyn Dymally flew back to Sacramento from Colorado in the middle of the night to cast the deciding vote).

    We’ve made an incredible difference in only 30 years.

  4. hybrid says

    “untimely death”? They were murdered! It should be called murder not “untimely death”-

  5. Mike says

    Don’t forget that Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, not first-degree murder, and sentenced to seven years in jail.

    Fortunately, he had the good sense to kill himself two years after his release.

    PS Maybe I have gay on the brain, but he always seemed to me to be a major repressed closet case.

  6. says

    Mike, I always thought the same thing about White. Cop AND Fireman? Clearly, he had to prove something… 😉