Saturday, February 9, 2013

Utah continues to treat books about LGBT subjects as pornography

The good news is that In Our Mothers' House is back on the shelves of the Davis, Utah school district (population 311,811) libraries.
Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don't accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema's house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn't mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be.
The bad news is that getting this back on the shelves required the intervention of the ACLU. The school district claimed that the book violates Utah's sex-education law by containing "advocacy of homosexuality."  The lawsuit argues that library books are not instructional materials under the statute and including library books depicting families with same-sex parents does not constitute endorsement of homosexuality. I am not at all sure how one endorses a sexual orientation or, for that matter, what that even means.

The idea that, in the 21st century, people continue to perceive diversity as a threat to their well being or the well being of their children is astonishing. Apparently the thinking goes that, if exposed to such materials, children might choose to be gay. Sure.
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