Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Harvey Milk Day Bill


A potential big disappointment for gay rights activists in California has been avoided for now. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed crucial bills, including one to sanction a Harvey Milk Day observance and one to recognize gay marriages performed in states where they are already legal.

Harvey Milk Day will be observed annually on May 22, the birthday of the slain gay rights leader and San Francisco politician. Public schools and all other educational institutions are encouraged to plan events. Schwarzenegger clarified that the measure to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states would "provide the same legal protections that would otherwise be available to couples that enter into civil unions or domestic partnerships out-of-state.

"In short, 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."

Until the gay marriage issue returns to the California ballot, hopefully in 2010, this is a step in the right direction for marriage equality.

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