Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative group Family Research Council (FRC), is calling on supporters to protest the Navy's plan to name a ship after gay icon Harvey Milk.

According to various reports, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus plans on naming a fleet oiler the USNS Harvey Milk.

Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 on a pledge to back gay and lesbian rights, making him the first openly gay official of a major U.S. city. The following year, a disgruntled former supervisor killed Milk.

Milk served aboard a submarine rescue ship during the Korean War.

In a press release, Perkins said that Milk was not worthy of the honor: “Although he served briefly in the Navy, nothing he did merits the kind of tribute Mabus is giving him.”

“If you’re as disturbed by Mabus’s plans as we are, bring this up to your House and Senate leaders while they’re home campaigning and hosting townhalls. Let them know that the Navy’s idea is an outrageous one when there are so many other deserving men and women, whose courage mattered – not in the bedroom – but on the battlefield,” he added.