LGBT Okla. lawmakers target gay-themed books

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  1. NOVAJock

    NOVAJock Modded & Underrated

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    Friday, May 13, 2005 / 05:28 PM

    Lawmakers in Oklahoma passed a resolution this week that asks public libraries to move children's books that have gay content to adult sections, where youngsters cannot access the books.

    The state's House of Representatives passed the nonbinding resolution on Monday with an 81-3 vote.

    According to a Reuters news report, Republican Rep. Sally Kern created the measure because of complaints from the parents of a 6-year-old who checked out "King and King," a story about two princes who fall in love.

    "Restricting children's access to these books is a common-sense solution: It doesn't risk unconstitutional infringement of free speech and still respects the rights of parents and families," she said.

    Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Pride Coalition, disagreed.

    "It is disingenuous, at best, to say that actions like this are about protecting children," Chrisler told the PlanetOut Network. "I think most people will see this for what it is -- an effort to further an anti-LGBT, anti-family political agenda."

    Oklahoma's public libraries are not bound to adhere to the resolution. The library system's commission will meet May 19 to address the measure.

    "I hope the library council will make its decision based on objective standards," Chrisler said, "and that the members will trust the library professionals who are educated and equipped to make the best decisions about what is appropriate literature for children."
     
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    Chrislehr's always sticking up for us homos! :love:
     
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    From my understanding, arent most librarians completely against any type of censorship or restrictions on reading?

    Im continually dumbfounded at the silly laws and regulations passed in this country.
     
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    So can we expect "str8" themed books will be relegated to the adult section?
    I'm guessing that Republican Rep. Sally Kern is a closet carpet muncher.:mamoru:
     
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    CoCo ...is a Queer Don!! OT Supporter

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    ...no. That depends on the head librarian of the particular library.
     
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    oic. =(
     

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