Calif. Will Honor Harvey Milk
'Day of significance' commemorates gay rights pioneer
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2009 5:53 PM CDT
Demonstrator Vanessa Li protests on the steps of the California Supreme Court in San Francisco, Wednesday June 3, 2009 to protest against the State Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Reversing his position on a bill he vetoed a year ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed off on bill making May 22 an annual day of recognition in  honor of gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk. The San Francisco supervisor, who was assassinated in 1978, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year, which apparently helped change the governor's mind. "Milk has become much more of a symbol of the gay community" over the past year, a rep said.

In a flurry of bill-signing, Schwarzenegger also endorsed a measure requiring California to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they're legal. "This measure honors the will of the People in enacting Proposition 8 while providing important protections to those unions legally entered into in other states," he said in a signing statement.