California Bill Would Force Public Schools to Honor ‘Gay Hero’

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | August 6, 2008 | 12:41 PM EDT

( – A conservative group is warning parents about a bill under consideration in the California Legislature that requires public schools to have an official “Gay Day.”
AB 2567 requires Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to proclaim May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day, putting it on par with President’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Harvey Milk was the first openly homosexual person to be elected to public office in a major U.S. city. He was a former San Francisco Board of Supervisors member, who along with Mayor George Moscone, was assassinated by former Board of Supervisor Dan White at San Francisco City Hall on Nov. 27, 1978.
The bill designates May 22 “as having special significance in public school and educational institutions and encourages those entities to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on that date.”
The measure also points out that Milk was named in the “Heroes and Icons” section of Time magazine’s “Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.”
According to Campaign for Children and Families, the bill may pass or fail by one vote in the Democrat-controlled state Senate as soon as Thursday. CCF is encouraging parents to contact their state senator, state assemblymember or the governor to voice their opposition.
The group is also asking them to contact Democrats identified as “deciding votes,” which include state Sens. Lou Correa, Denise Ducheny, Dean Florez, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Alex Padilla, Jack Scott, and Ed Vincent.