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A lesson in gay tolerance coming to an elementary school near you

California lawmaker Mark Leno-D of San Francisco authored SB 572 honoring California’s first openly gay politician, Harvey Milk. The bill has passed both the House and Senate in the state and will now head to Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk.

“I’m pleased my colleagues in the Assembly recognize and honor Harvey Milk’s contribution to our state,” said Leno.

The fact this bill has reached the Governor’s desk doesn’t guarantee a signature from California’s moderate Governor.

“Although he vetoed a similar bill last year with the message that Harvey Milk should be recognized only at the local level, I am confident Governor Schwarzenegger now understands the historic and international nature of Harvey’s legacy,” Leno claims.

The legislation would proclaim May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk day. SB 572 would allow public schools and other educational institutions to conduct suitable commemorative exercises at schools on May 22 focusing on gay activist Harvey Milk.

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