Late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is pictured in the Mayor's Office in April 1977, during the signing of The City's gay rights bill. (AP file photo)

Late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is pictured in the Mayor's Office in April 1977, during the signing of The City's gay rights bill. (AP file photo)

Report: U.S. Navy to name ship after Harvey Milk

San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man voted into office in California, is expected to have a U.S. Navy ship named after him.

Thus reports the U.S. Naval Institute, which revealed that one of two John Lewis-class oilers under construction in San Diego is slated to be dubbed in honor of the city supervisor who was gunned down in office along with Mayor George Moscone in 1978.

In a Congressional notification sent July 14 and later obtained by USNI news, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signalled his plan to name the Military Sealift Command fleet oiler the USNS Harvey Milk.

“This is an incredible day for the LGBT community and for our country,” Scott Wiener, supervisor of the district Milk represented and also an openly gay elected official, said in a statement. “This momentous decision sends a powerful message around the world about who we are as a country and the values we hold.”

In 2012, Wiener authored a resolution calling for the Navy to name a ship after Milk following President Barack Obama’s repealing of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.

“When Harvey Milk served in the military, he couldn’t tell anyone who he truly was,” Weiner said. “Now our country is telling the men and women who serve, and the entire world, that we honor and support people for who they are.”
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