Schwarzenegger Creates Day Honoring Slain Homosexual Politician

October 12, 2009 - 2:06 PM
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill creating a state day of recognition for slain gay politician Harvey Milk, reversing himself a year after he vetoed similar legislation.
Sacramento, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill creating a state day of recognition for slain gay politician Harvey Milk, reversing himself a year after he vetoed similar legislation.
 
A year ago, the Republican governor said Milk should be honored locally. His office announced the signing of this year's bill Monday morning but did not attach a statement saying why Schwarzenegger flip-flopped.
 
Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. According to the bill, he was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in a major U.S. city. He was assassinated in 1978 by a disgruntled former supervisor.