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Navy asked to name ship after Harvey Milk

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A congressman wants the Navy to name a ship after slain San Francisco gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

Congressman Bob Filner, a San Diego Democrat, says naming a ship after Milk would be a great tribute to Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the 1950s.

Milk was shot to death on Nov. 27, 1978, while serving as a San Francisco supervisor.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Filner says naming a ship after Milk would promote equality in the military after the recent repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Filner is a candidate for San Diego mayor.

The Los Angeles Times says Filner has pledged to continue his work with San Diego's gay, bisexual and transsexual community to promote Harvey Milk's legacy.


Information from: Los Angeles Times


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