San Francisco supervisor consults Ouija board on Harvey Milk vote
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.
— Kate Mather
Photo: Harvey Milk in front of his camera shop in San Francisco in 1977. Credit: Associated Press