The Latest: Salt Lake City votes to name road for gay leader

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Posted: Apr 19, 2016 10:47 PM
The Latest: Salt Lake City votes to name road for gay leader

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the proposal to rename a street in Salt Lake City after pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Salt Lake City will name a street after pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk.

The unanimous vote on Tuesday highlights the city's identity as a blue dot in deep-red Utah, where the prevailing Mormon faith still has a fraught relationship with the LGBT community.

Several Salt Lake City residents spoke against the idea, saying Milk had no ties to Utah and isn't as well-known as civil rights icons with streets bearing their names, like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But supporters say he set the tone for the modern gay rights movement and inspired a generation of activists. They say the street is a welcoming sign.

Milk became the first openly gay person elected to public office in the U.S. when he won a seat on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated the following year.

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8 a.m.

Salt Lake City is considering naming a street after pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk.

The move shows the city's identity as a blue dot in a deep-red state where the prevailing Mormon faith still has a fraught relationship with the LGBT community.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposal Tuesday night and may also take a final vote.

Supporters say that Milk set the tone for the modern gay rights movement, and the street honoring him would be located near thoroughfares honoring civil rights icons like Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.

Milk became the first openly gay person elected to public office in the U.S. when he won a seat on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated the following year.