Book about lesbian parents taken off school library shelf

KAYSVILLE, Utah – A book about two lesbians who raise children in a “non-traditional household” has been removed from the shelves of elementary school libraries in Davis County in Utah after a group of parents complained.

“In Our Mothers’ House,” by Patricia Polacco, only remains accessible behind the counter to students who bring a signed permission slip from their parents to check it out, Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams said.

“We understand that there’s diversity out there. And we understand that not everyone comes from the same background, not everyone may be a native of this area, and they could come from different countries,” Williams told KSL.

DaNae Leu, a media specialist at Snow Horse Elementary School in Kaysville, said the controversy has prompted the district to ask librarians to supply names of other books that contain gay or lesbian characters.

“I feel like Joe McCarthy is asking me to name names,” Leu said of administrators’ request to identify other books that parents might find objectionable.

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