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San Francisco officials mull Milk for airport name

  • FILE - In a Nov. 9, 1977 file photo, Harvey Milk poses in front of his camera shop in San Francisco. A charter amendment sponsored by city Supervisor David Campos on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 planned to introduce legislation asking voters to rename the city's airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk. The amendment would put the question of creating Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport on San Francisco's November ballot. Milk became one of the first openly gay men elected to public office in the United States when he won a seat on the board of supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated at City Hall, along with Mayor George Moscone, more than a year later. (AP Photo, File)

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco lawmaker on Tuesday introduced legislation that would ask voters to rename the city's airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk.

The charter amendment sponsored by Supervisor David Campos would put the question of creating Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport on San Francisco's November ballot.

The proposed name change will be sent to committee in a matter of weeks, then returned to the Board of Supervisors, Campos said late Tuesday.

If five of Campos' colleagues agree to submit the proposed name change to voters and the amendment goes through in the fall, the city would become home to the world's first airport honoring an openly gay person, said Milk's nephew, Stuart Milk.

Milk, who runs an international gay rights foundation in his uncle's memory, said that adding an airport to the list of public venues named for Harvey Milk would mark a milestone since flights to and from San Francisco International serve 68 countries where homosexuality is illegal.


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