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VOTE: Should SFO Be Renamed for Harvey Milk?

If Supervisor David Campos has his way, the airport could soon be called the Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport.

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos Supervisor David Campos announced that he plans to introduce a charter amendment to rename San Francisco International Airport in honor of slain supervisor and civil rights leader Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the state.

Milk, 48, was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by former Supervisor Dan White at City Hall in 1978.

According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the effort would rename the travel hub to the Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport.

“Harvey Milk fought tirelessly to raise the visibility of LGBT people, and placing his name on San Francisco’s airport would bring awareness of his work to the 40 million travelers from around the world who pass through SFO annually," HRC President Chad Griffin said Wednesday. "Harvey Milk’s legacy is what guides our work as we continue the fight for full equality, and HRC is proud to support this effort to honor his memory."

But not everyone is in favor of the name change. According to MSNBC, San Francisco Airport Commission president Larry Mazzola, said that airport  names are "untouchable."

"I knew Harvey Milk. He was a great leader," Mazzola told the San Francisco Examiner. After listing several other leaders, he said "and I don't think any of them should bear the name of the airport."

Eighty other airports in the country are named after people, including the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. If SFO were to be rebranded to honor Milk, it would be the first named after a gay person.

So what do you think? Should the airport get a new name? Or should it stay the way it is? Tell us in the comments!

--Bay City News Service contributed to this report. Copyright © 2013 by Bay City News, Inc. -- Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

tony masi January 20, 2013 at 04:35 AM
What's the "O" in SFO stand for anyway?
Fr. Patrick T. Michaels January 20, 2013 at 04:49 AM
What is the connection? Why make worldwide travel that much more difficult for travelers? Let this one go. If he needs a site named after him, at least make sure it has a connection to who he was. Perhaps Supervisor Santos has some energy to spare, I am sure that there are more significant issues in San Francisco that would benefit from his efforts. Perhaps the issues of human trafficking and prostitution and people who have no voice in our society might fit. Fr. Patrick T. Michaels
tony masi January 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Also, it doesn't sit well with me to name the airport after Milk with no mention of Moscone. I realize Milk has his own unique list of accomplishments, but I still feel it would be an uncomfortable slight to entirely ignore Moscone.
T McDermott January 20, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I always thought The Moscone-Milk Center was the correct name. It's in SF it's a cultural melting pot and hosts millions of diverse products and techno ideas annually.
Nicole January 20, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I agree with Fr. Patrick T. Michaels 100% As I see it the message will be lost among the millions that go thru' as mostly the time we spend at the airport is but fleeting or mostly frustrating because of security and no one will remember the name and why it changed as each traveller looks forward to their next destination leaving SFO or Harvey Milk behind - a minor blip on the radar !!

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