Update: Schwarzenegger — after the vote — is sounding off against Prop 8. He gets kudos and thanks from me for that, but it does not change my view about the following:
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger bowed to bigots and rebuffed his GLBT constituents by nixing legislation that cost the state no money, gave no one a day off from work, and caused no reasonable person any problem. All the measure he vetoed would have done was to honor a true American hero who lost his life while fighting for justice, the late Harvey Milk.
The bill, authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno would have set aside May 22 as Harvey Milk Day, designating it as a ‘day of special significance” in California.
It passed the legislature with little difficulty, but the governor in vetoing the bill said that, while he respected the measure’s intent, he thinks Milk’s “contributions should continue to be recognized at the local level.”
May 22 is Milk’s birth date. He would have been 78 this year.
Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 and shot to death a year later, along with Mayor George Moscone, by fellow supervisor Dan White.
White was convicted of manslaughter, and served a little more than three years in prison before committing suicide.
In the years since his death, Milk has become the most recognizable martyr of the gay rights movement.
Leno said the legislation was written to have no additional impact on the budget, and state workers and school employees would not get the day off from work.
Nevertheless, Republicans and other social conservatives mounted an intensive campaign against it.
As Gus Van Sant’s upcoming biopic Milk will show, Harvey Milk is a national hero to people of all orientations. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not. In fact, Milk was worth at least a thousand Schwarzeneggers. Consider my personal boycott of his films on. If I were Maria Shriver, the Governator would be told to indulge his yen for groping elsewhere.
Want to give the right-wing something to cry about in return? Do everything you can to defeat their bigoted Proposition 8. And give fundie-suckup Schwarzenegger an earful at (916) 445-2841.
How does a guy work in Hollywood all those years and remain so hideously hateful, so obviously ignorant, and so easily swayed by agents of hate and intolerance?