Society

ACLU Sues Utah School District for Banning Pro-Lesbian Book 'In Our Mothers’ House'

| by Michael Allen

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah are suing the Davis School District for telling elementary school libraries to remove a children’s book, 'In Our Mothers’ House' by Patricia Polacco, about three adopted children and their two lesbian mothers.

The ACLU's lawsuit claims the removal of the book “placed a discriminatory burden on students’ ability to access fully protected speech.”

The Davis School District told elementary school librarians to remove the book from libraries after receiving complaints from parents, reports RawStory.com.

The Davis School District claims that displaying the book violated Utah law, which prohibits instructional materials containing “advocacy of homosexuality.” Parents also complained that the book made those who opposed lesbian moms look fearful and mean.

Currently, the book is only available to students who have written permission from a parent.

The ACLU claims that restricting the book placed an “unconstitutional viewpoint-based stigma” on a young student who might want to read it.

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