OutMilitary.com Blog: *NEWS* Board Endorses Effort Name Navy Ship After Gay-Rights Icon
OutMilitary.com Blog: *NEWS* Board Endorses Effort Name Navy Ship After Gay-Rights Icon Published by: Shaun Knittel on 23rd May 2012 | View all blogs by Shaun Knittel The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 9 – 2 in favor of a resolution putting the City on record in supporting the christening of a U.S.
Navy Ship, the USS Harvey Milk, Tuesday.
The effort was spearheaded by San Diego Democratic Rep.
Milk was a naval officer stationed in San Diego in the early 1950s.
Though he was a critic of the Vietnam War, his family says he was proud of his military service.
There was division among supervisors here over whether it was a fitting honor.
Milk is one of the world’s most iconic gay-rights advocates and among the first openly gay elected officeholders.
He was elected a San Francisco supervisor in 1977 and assassinated a year later.
Milk also was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War.
Supervisor Scott Wiener, who introduced the resolution, called it a “great honor” and said Milk was proud of his military service.
“Harvey Milk’s family supports doing this,” Wiener said.