May 30, 2014 | by Justin Peligri
Anti-gay group decries Harvey Milk stamp
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The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the Harvey Milk stamp last week. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

If your mail comes with a new Harvey Milk stamp in the top right corner, you should tell your postman you won’t accept it. At least, that’s what a fundamentalist anti-gay Christian organization wants you to do.

“Honoring predator Harvey Milk on a U.S. postage stamp is disturbing to say the least,” read a release from the American Family Association, published Wednesday. “Harvey Milk was a very disreputable man and used his charm and power to prey on young boys with emotional problems and drug addiction. He is the last person we should be featuring on a stamp.”

The U.S. Postal Service made history when it unveiled a stamp featuring Milk, one of the nation’s first openly gay elected officials, at a White House event May 22.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was among those who honored Milk, stating that he believed in the “fundamental value of equality.”

But the AFA disagrees.

“This is not diversity; this is perversity,” the AFA’s release said. The group, which aims to “combat the homosexual agenda,” urges its members to request a stamp of the U.S. flag in lieu of the Milk stamp.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed the AFA as a hate group since 2010.

The AFA is not the first group to voice its opposition to a stamp featuring Milk’s likeness. San Diego City commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, head of the International Imperial Court System, which advocated in favor of the stamp, said that her group experienced blowback from some members of the Citizens Stamp Approval Committee, which approves stamp requests.

“I know for a fact that some of the stamp committee members were absolutely opposed to the idea of a Harvey Milk stamp or a stamp honoring any homosexual leader,” she told the Blade in March.

Milk was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors before he was assassinated in November 1978.

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