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Ghost of Harvey Milk backs battleship via Ouija

San Francisco Board of Supervisors votes in favor of naming US Navy ship after gay rights activist after séance
Harvey Milk in US Navy uniform for his brother's wedding in 1954
Photo courtesy of Stuart Milk

Politicians in San Francisco used a Ouija board to summon the ghost of Harvey Milk in an attempt to decide whether to name a battleship after the gay rights activist.

Last night (22 May), members of the Californian city's Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 in favor of the resolution drawn up by gay colleague Scott Wiener which urged the US Navy to name a vessel after Milk.

But after concerns were raised about his 'anti-war' stance, the board chose to ask Milk himself by holding a seance, reported The Examiner.

Supervisor John Avalos said: 'We got out the Ouija board. We put our hands on the Ouija board and the letters "G-O-O-D-R-I-D-D-A-N-C-E-D-A-D-T" came out.'

'We asked Harvey and Harvey gave us these letters: "Good riddance, don’t ask, don’t tell." So I can honestly say that’s one aspect of this resolution that is really valid.'

Last month, Gay rights group, the GLBT Historic Task Force of San Diego County, sent an official letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus requesting a ship be named after Milk.

California congressmen Bob Filner and Nancy Pelosi followed by backing the proposal.

Typically, naval aircraft carriers are named after US presidents and submarines are named in honor of states or cities. Exceptions include ships named after civil rights leaders Cesar Chavez, Medgar Evers and most recently Gabrielle Giffords.

Yesterday (22 May) the city of San Diego officially unveiled a street named after Milk.

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