March 24, 2006
Oklahoma Library Bill Targets Gay Materials
Local libraries could be burdened by guidelines adopted by an Oklahoma house panel Wednesday to require materials containing sexually explicit or gay themes to be removed from general reading areas for children and young adults, library officials said. The bill, sponsored by Republican representative Sally Kern, would withhold state funds from public libraries that do not place the materials in a special area of the library.
The guidelines have been adopted by the state's two largest library systems, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, but officials said small libraries may have a hard time complying. "We're really concerned about it," said Jeanie Johnson, president of the Oklahoma Library Association. "The idea that we would restrict books really restricts freedoms."
Posted by kstover2 at March 24, 2006 12:07 PM