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Navy Asked to Name Ship After Harvey Milk

Wednesday Apr 25, 2012

San Diego, CA (AP) --

A congressman wants the Navy to name a ship after slain San Francisco gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

Congressman Bob Filner, a San Diego Democrat, says naming a ship after Milk would be a great tribute to Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the 1950s.

Milk was shot to death on Nov. 27, 1978, while serving as a San Francisco supervisor.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Filner says naming a ship after Milk would promote equality in the military after the recent repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Filner is a candidate for San Diego mayor.

The Los Angeles Times ( says Filner has pledged to continue his work with San Diego's gay, bisexual and transsexual community to promote Harvey Milk's legacy.

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  • , 2012-04-26 12:33:03

    Bold and perhaps controversial, but fitting. Also it will honor all gay servicemembers who have lost their lives

  • Marc , 2012-04-27 05:17:44


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