Salt Lake City to rename street after gay rights icon Harvey Milk

Wed. April 20, 2016 8:38 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Salt Lake City, UT - After about an hour of public comment, Salt Lake City council on Tuesday voted unanimously to rename a street after Harvey Milk.

900 South will be renamed "Harvey Milk Boulevard" in honor of the slain politician and gay rights leader.

Milk was the first openly gay elected official of a major U.S. City. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 on a pledge to back gay and lesbian rights. The following year, Milk was killed by Dan White, a former supervisor.

Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold proposed the name change.

"Harvey Milk imagined a brave world where everybody – everybody – had value and civil rights," an emotional Penfold said during Tuesday's meeting. "I like to imagine that world, too."

According to Fox 13, about half of those who testified opposed the idea, with one man saying that honoring Milk in such a way was "contrary" to his personal beliefs.

Salt Lake City is home to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is strongly opposed to marriage equality.

Equality Utah, the state's largest LGBT rights advocate, will raise funds to pay for the new street signs.

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