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San Francisco supervisor consults Ouija board on Harvey Milk vote

Harvey milkWhen San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos didn't know how to vote on a resolution Tuesday, he turned to an unusual source for help. A Ouija board.

Avalos told the San Francisco Chronicle he contacted gay rights activist Harvey Milk through the spirit board before deciding whether to recommend the Navy name a ship after the slain San Francisco supervisor.

Supporters of the nonbinding resolution said a ship named the USS Harvey Milk would show support for LGBT soldiers in the post-"don't ask, don't tell" era. Others said that although Milk was a naval officer who served during the Korean War, he opposed war and it would be inappropriate to name such a ship after him.

Who better to ask, Avalos thought, than Milk himself?

"We asked Harvey, and Harvey gave us these letters: 'Good riddance don't ask, don't tell,' " Avalos told the newspaper.

Avalos threw his support behind the resolution, which passed with a 9-2 vote Tuesday, which would have been Milk's 82nd birthday.

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— Kate Mather

twitter.com/katemather

Photo: Harvey Milk in front of his camera shop in San Francisco in 1977. Credit: Associated Press

 
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