July 30, 2014

Utah School District Sued Over Restricted Access to Lesbian Family Book

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From Reuters:

A Utah parent has sued her school district in federal court challenging the constitutionality of restrictions imposed on student access to a library book about a lesbian couple raising a family.

“In Our Mothers’ House” by author Patricia Polacco was removed from Davis School District library shelves and placed behind the counter last spring after complaints from some parents that a lifestyle they viewed as aberrant was favorably depicted in the book.

Under a decision made by a district committee in April, the book remains in its school library collections, but students need permission from their parents to check it out.

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Parent Tina Weber objected to the restrictions, and attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on her behalf in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, saying the policy violated her children’s free-speech rights.

No hearings have been set in the case, for which the ACLU is seeking class-action status.

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More From an ACLU Utah Announcement Including this Page of Resources

See Also: Utah: ACLU Wants District to Reconsider Restrictions on Two-Moms Book (June 13, 2012)

Complaint Weber v Davis School District 11-13-12

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