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Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk

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  1. punky brewster Red Belt

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    Huh. Found this interesting. Not even sure if this belongs in the war room, but 15 years ago this might have been controversial.

    https://news.usni.org/2016/07/28/navy-name-ship-gay-rights-activist-harvey-milk

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    The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News.

    Milk came from a Navy family and commissioned in the service in 1951. He served as a diving officer in San Diego during the Korean War on the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake until 1955. Milk was honorably discharged from the service as a lieutenant junior grade.

    Following his service, Milk was elected to the San Francisco board of supervisors and was the first openly gay California politician to be elected to office. He was killed in office in 1978. When Milk was shot he was wearing his U.S. Navy diver’s belt buckle.


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    Mabus has said the John Lewis-class – named after civil rights activist and congressman Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) – would be named after civil rights leaders.

    Other names in the class include former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren whose court ruled to desegregate U.S. schools, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, women’s right activist Lucy Stone and abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth.
     
  2. bref Black Belt

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    The USS Milk sounds kind of funny.
     
  3. lfd0311 Pink Belt

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    I mean, it's going to be full of seamen, so.....
     
  4. Gref Scumdog Platinum Member

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    No homo.
     
  5. SleepyBoy Silver Belt

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    somewhere there is a good joke with" In the Navy" by the village people
     
  6. punky brewster Red Belt

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    Side note.

    This class of ship are Fleet Replenishment Oilers. So it will literally be filled with lube and seamen.

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  7. Sakuraba808 Banned Banned

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    The Seamen of USS Milk.
     
  8. riddleofsteel Red Belt

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    Just as long as they don't name the galley after his pal, Jim Jones.
     
  9. Thai Domi Silver Belt

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    God no.
     
  10. n...not crazy Silver Belt

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    Harvey Milk? Gay? Seamen? Can't think of any jokes.
     
  11. wellz6 Black Belt

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    He likes his milk thick and sticky
     
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  13. Rex Kwon Do ál-ḥámdúlílláh

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    Sojourner Truth is a great name for a ship, mostly because it doesn't sound like a name for a human being but a boat to begin with. Like Millennium Falcon.
     
  14. uncommon Brown Belt

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    Name selection should be based on merit during the time of service not what the person did afterwards. Or be neutral in nature, and not persuade any political agenda.
     
  15. Hankooks Stronger than you. Banned

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    That's gay.
     
  16. m52nickerson EXTERMINATE!

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    So a man the served honorably in the navy and then went on to fight for a cause he believed in, getting killed because of that, is getting recognized. That's a good thing.

    The people who will have a problem with this would not if the cause was not gay rights.
     
  17. dije1 R.I.P bigwaveriders's dad Platinum Member

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    The Good Ship Lollipop
     
  18. Cubo de Sangre President of the War Room

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    Love the band!

     
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    I'm sure a bunch of twitter bot accounts will spam a bunch of homophobic stuff to rally the dem base and make them forget about the email leaks.
     
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    I'm cool with this.
     

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