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Life Imitating Milk

The New York Times notes the uncanny similarities between the Harvey Milk story and what is happening today in California.
Call it life imitating “Milk,” or vice versa, but the parallels between the campaign chronicled in the movie and the real-life battle over Proposition 8 are striking. Social conservatives pitted against gay activists? Check. A Republican governor (and former movie star) siding with gay Californians? Check. Close polls, a nationally watched campaign, the potential for heartbreak? Check, check, check. One of the most obvious similarities is the role that children have played in both campaigns as political symbols.
The big difference, as many have sadly noted, is we have no Harvey Milk-like figure to rally around this time.

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