Gay Writer Michael Jensen Gets Mormon Support In Book Publisher Dispute

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A gay writer in Utah is receiving the support of more than 40 Mormon writers in his dispute with a book publisher about a reference to his boyfriend on the flap of his most recent novel.

Michael Jensen, who cowrote young-adult fantasy novel "Woven" with David Powers King, says that Sweetwater Books, a division of Cedar Fort Publishing & Media, canceled publication of his book because he demanded that his biographical blurb include the fact that he lives with his boyfriend in Salt Lake City.

As of Saturday morning, 41 Mormon authors signed a letter in support of Jensen, ABC News reported.

"While publishers have the right to choose what they will and will not publish, we believe books should be accepted or rejected upon the merits of their content, quality and commercial viability, not on any other factor," the letter states.

Author Braden Bell initiated the letter and Abel Keogh signed it.

"He said that this isn't right and we need to do something," Keogh said. He noted that many of the authors who signed the letter are either under contract with Cedar Fort or have had works published by it.

Cedar Fort officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Ryan Rapier was surprised because by Cedar Fort’s reaction because they had no problems with a gay character in his book, "The Reluctant Blogger." In Rapier’s book, the gay character leaves his fiancée at the altar and acknowledges he is gay to his friend.

"It's very odd because they had chosen to take a risk with my book," he said.

Sources: ABC News, The Huffington Post