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EQCA Extremely Disappointed with Governor’s Veto of Harvey Milk Bill

2008 Press Releases

September 30, 2008

CONTACT: Alice Kessler, Government Affairs Director
PHONE: (916) 554-7681 EMAIL: alice@eqca.org  

EQCA Extremely Disappointed with Governor’s Veto of Harvey Milk Bill

AB 2567 Would Have Honored Milk with Special Day of Significance

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today vetoed legislation that would have created a day honoring late gay activist Harvey Milk, who was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the country. Assembly Bill 2567 was authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California.

Statement by EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors:

“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's veto of this bill is a disappointment to
thousands and thousands of Californians who regard Harvey Milk as a national
hero. This is a sad reminder of the lack of understanding of both the LGBT community
and of the impact of Harvey Milk. As one of the first
openly gay leaders in this country, Milk inspired Americans in every corner
of our nation to stand proud in the face of adversity, and he gave his life in the pursuit of equality. This fall, his story
will be celebrated in movie theaters nationwide as a tribute to a legacy
that extends far beyond California.

Founded in 1998, Equality California celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2008, commemorating a decade of building a state of equality in California. EQCA is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. www.eqca.org
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