“Harvey Milk Day” in California? Governor Schwarzenegger Has to Sign the Bill First. And He Might Not.

A California assembly bill that would make May 22nd of each year “Harvey Milk Day” is on the governor’s desk, but he hasn’t indicated whether he’ll sign it yet.

And some groups are starting to gin up opposition.

Rich Buhler, a religious broadcaster on KBRT radio in Orange County, with a reputation for relative calm, and even occasional political moderation, discussed the issue, but only briefly, as part of his afternoon show (on September 19).

He was opposed to the bill—which is kind of surprising, given Milk’s similarity to Jesus, Socrates, Martin Luther King, Caesar Chavez, and Gandhi. Milk was an admirable, non-violent supporter of the dignity of human beings, gay or straight, so you might think that treating gay people with basic decency and respect, and being a courageous defender of human liberty and equality, would be in keeping with the gospel.

A group has also apparently formed to lobby the governor to veto the bill.

KTVU in San Jose reported this:

A “Day of Significance” honoring slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk cleared the legislature on Thursday. But one group warns it will create a “gay day” for California public schools.


The state Assembly passed the bill, AB 2567, which sets aside a day each year to remember Milk. The bill declares May 22, Milk’s birthday, a “day of significance” in his honor.


Milk, the country’s first openly gay man to hold a prominent public office, was assassinated in 1978.


The state Senate passed the bill on Tuesday.


Now “The Campaign For Children and Families” is urging Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto the bill.


“This bad bill will teach impressionable schoolchildren the anti-religious, homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda of Harvey Milk,” said Campaign for Children and Families President Randy Thomasson in a statement released Thursday.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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