CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A new poll taken by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has found that a large percent of likely voters oppose renaming San Francisco International Airport after slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk.

In the poll of 500 likely voters conducted at the end of January, 61 percent said they opposed the proposal to rename the airport, which was announced by San Francisco Supervisor David Campos last month.

Milk became one of the first openly gay men elected to public office in the United States when he won a seat on the board of supervisors in 1977, inspiring a generation of activists with his uncompromising call for gays to come out.

He was assassinated at City Hall, along with Mayor George Moscone, more than a year later. His life became the subject of the 2008 Oscar-winning film “Milk.”

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