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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Navy is announcing a ship will be named after homosexual activist, politician and sexual predator Harvey Milk.
The order was signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on July 14 but publicized Thursday by the U.S. Naval Institute. Built by General Dynamics in San Diego, California, the ship will be an oil refueler called the USNS Harvey Milk.
Milk was in the Navy in the early 1950s and was honorably discharged in 1955. He became the first openly homosexual politician, serving as San Francisco city commissioner in the 1970s. He was shot and killed by fellow Democratic politician Dan White in 1978.
He is honored by the LGBT community and has a state holiday in California. President Obama also honored him by putting his likeness on a U.S. Postal Service stamp.
Milk's friend and biographer, Randy Shilts, documented in his book "The Mayor of Castro Street" that "Harvey always had a penchant for young waifs with substance abuse problems." He was known to have several man-boy sexual relations.
One of his paramours, 16-year-old runaway Jack McKinley, eventually committed suicide.
SaveCalifornia.com president Randy Thomasson notes,
Explaining Milk's many flings and affairs with teenagers and young men, Randy Shilts writes how Milk told one "lover" why it was OK for him to also have multiple relationships simultaneously: "As homosexuals, we can't depend on the heterosexual model. … We grow up with the heterosexual model, but we don't have to follow it. We should be developing our own lifestyle. There's no reason why you can't love more than one person at a time."
Critics see this as yet another move by the Obama administration to politicize the military. In May it was reported that open homosexual Eric Fanning is serving in the highest civilian office as Secretary of the Army — the first open homosexual to do so. In June the Pentagon lifted the ban on open transgenders serving in the military.
At the same time there was a call to boot military chaplains who disagree with same-sex marriage, calling them "intolerant filth." President Obama's repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy forbidding open homosexuals has led to an increase of occurrences of gay rape that is being underreported by the military.
Other ships in the same class as the USNS Harvey Milk are named after civil rights leaders including Earl Warren, Robert F. Kennedy, Lucy Stone and Sojourner Truth.