Magazine article American Libraries

Oklahoma House Passes Anti-Gay Lit Resolution

Magazine article American Libraries

Oklahoma House Passes Anti-Gay Lit Resolution

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The Oklahoma House passed 81-3 a nonbinding resolution May 9 asking public libraries "to confine homosexually themed books and other age-inappropriate material to areas exclusively for adult access and distribution." The resolution explains that in guiding their children, parents should be "free from interference from the distribution of inappropriate publicly cataloged materials."

HR 1039 was introduced by Rep. Sally Kern (R-Oklahoma City), who released a statement after the resolution's passage that affirmed lawmakers are "not looking to ban any books" but merely acknowledging that "there are some issues little children aren't emotionally equipped to tackle, and many parents believe the issue of sexual preference is one of them." Her involvement stemmed from a complaint from two constituents that their youngster had borrowed the gay-positive picture book King and King from the children's section of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System's Warr Acres branch.

Although MLS officials continued to study the issue, the Tulsa City-County Library System moved King and King, as well as books about topics such as divorce and death, into a newly created parenting section in a corner of its children's department. …

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