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Harvey Milk Day Passes Assembly, Faces Potential Veto Again

The California Assembly passed the 'Harvey Milk Day' bill for the second year in a row yesterday:

Harveymilk "The California Assembly today passed legislation that creates Harvey Milk Day in California, honoring the state´s first openly gay elected official. Senate Bill 572, authored by Senator Mark Leno, cleared the Assembly with a 45-27 vote. The bill, which designates May 22 as a day of special significance in California, returns to the Senate for concurrence before going to the governor´s desk."

Said Leno following the vote: "I am pleased my colleagues in the Assembly recognize and honor Harvey Milk´s contributions to our state. He is an inspiration to people worldwide who believe in fairness and equality and he fought for many of the issues we value today, including access to education, public transportation, affordable housing and protecting the environment. Although he vetoed a similar bill last year with the message that Harvey Milk should be recognized only at the local level, I am confident Governor Schwarzenegger now understands the historic and international nature of Harvey´s legacy. Last week the Governor contradicted his 2008 veto message when he and the First Lady announced that Harvey will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame, acknowledging that Harvey and the other inductees touched the 'lives of millions of people – not just in this state, but around the world.'"

However, it's still possible that Schwarzenegger could veto the measure, given the pressure he's receiving from religious conservatives. Equality California has provided numbers you can call to reach the governor and let him know that you want Harvey Milk Day passed in California. Find them HERE.

Also, watch Dustin Lance Black's testimony before the assembly, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. nice follow up from schwarzenegger after vetoing marriage equality twice

    Posted by: rick | Sep 4, 2009 12:41:11 PM

  2. Eloquent, eloquent. Thank you Dustin. What I wouldn't have given to have known or known of someone like Harvey Milk when I was a little boy and then an adolescent and then a young man, through all the phases of those tender years knowing absolutely that I was queer. What sorrow, doubt, self-hatred, despair might I have avoided just knowing that there were others like me who were living their lives openly, happily and unafraid? Even in my mid-20s, when I first heard of Harvey Milk, I was struggling with self-acceptance and the difficult, fearful, and terrifying decision to come out. Reading about him, reading his speeches, and being inspired by his courage, his love for people and the obvious joy he felt for simply being alive made that struggle less onerous, less difficult and, eventually, more exhilarating and liberating. Harvey Milk gave so many people in so many places a positive vision of living one's life openly gay. He made it real and necessary. I hope that the current governor will not veto this legislation.

    Posted by: mike | Sep 4, 2009 1:08:59 PM

  3. Please call the governor today at 916-445-2841.

    Posted by: George | Sep 4, 2009 5:57:11 PM

  4. I'm at a real; loss as to how honoring a politician is such a big deal for the Governor. Am I totally wrong, but, I just thought he was better than that. He can't even run again , can he?


    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 6, 2009 2:41:41 PM

  5. Derek,

    He can't run for governor again. But he can still run against Barbara Boxer. That's why he's toadying upto the religious right. The GOP has been trying to win back that U.S. Senate seat since 1992. They believe she's vulnerable.

    Both of the state's seats are currently held by Democratic women from the San Francisco Bay Area. Which is pretty unusual for California, where there's typically a balance between the interests of the northern and southern parts of the state. The folks in Los Angeles have never been happy about that.

    Boxer is also the more liberal of the two. And her poll numbers have never been great. A well funded moderate Republican could probably knock her off. The problem for the Republicans is they keep on nominating wingnuts instead of someone like Schwarzenegger.

    Posted by: John | Sep 6, 2009 4:20:22 PM

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