Governor Mulls Harvey Milk Honor

Another year, another chance for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to belittle Milk's achievements

State Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, has again sponsored a bill calling for the State of California to honor the legacy of slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvely Milk each year on May 22 -- Milk's birthday.

Almost the exact same bill passed the house and the assembly last year, only to be vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But in that year, there's been an Oscar-winning hit film, President Barack Obama's posthumous bestowal to Milk of the nation's highest civilian honor, and this time around, Schwarzenegger may have some explaining to do at home.

Turns out that Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver made the announcement this morning that Milk has been inducted into California's Hall of Fame.

It's an interesting rebuke of Schwarzenegger's statements last year suggesting that Milk was only a hero to San Franciscans, not to people across the state and around the world.

Update: Turns out the governor was also at the state hall of fame announcement, contradicting himself more strongly.

Critics of the bill oppose it on the grounds that it recommends public school teachers create lessons and lead discussions about Milk's life and legacy, at their discretion.

The bill has passed the State Senate, and is likely to pass the State Assembly. Want to chime in? The governor recently signed up for Twitter, and wants you to tweet your thoughts.

Jackson West grew up in Seattle, where Milk was and is still considered a hero.

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