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Push to make Milk's birthday a holiday

February 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A California lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would make pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk's birthday an official state holiday.Milk was the nation's first openly gay man to hold a prominent political office when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by a fellow supervisor a year later.

Assemblyman Mark Leno says that because the state is running a deficit he won't ask the government to shut down on Milk's May 22 birthday the way it does to honor other dead leaders. Instead, Leno said Friday he hopes the date would motivate people to learn about and celebrate his legacy.

A crew has been in San Francisco recently filming a biography of Milk's life that stars Sean Penn.


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