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Sean Penn lobbies for Harvey Milk Day in California

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Recent Oscar winner Sean Penn is urging California to officially recognize Harvey Milk’s birthday, the AP reports. On Tuesday, Penn will appear alongside State Senator Mark Leno to reintroduce a bill that would make the late gay-rights activist’s birthday, May 22, a “day of significance.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the proposed bill last year on the grounds that Milk’s birthday should be celebrated only in San Francisco and not all of California. Penn won the Best Actor Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards for portraying Harvey Milk in the biopic Milk.