On November 13, a mother in Davis County, Utah, filed suit in federal court against the local school district after the removal of Patricia Polacco's book In Our Mothers' House from school library shelves.
The Freedom to Read Foundation will be following the progress of this case closely. The ACLU of Utah is representing the mother, Tina Webber, on behalf of two of her children and a class of similarly situated students in the Davis County School District.
In Our Mothers’ House is a well-reviewed children’s book depicting a child’s experience growing up in a household headed by same-sex parents. The lawsuit challenges the school board’s decision to remove
all copies of the book from the district’s open library shelves in order to place the book behind a counter
where students must have written parental permission to access and read the
The complaint challenges the
removal on the ground that "the District’s primary justification for removing the book from
the shelves is that, by telling the story of children raised by same-sex
parents, the book constitutes 'advocacy of homosexuality' in purported
violation of Utah’s sex-education laws." In doing so, the complaint alleges the District violated the students' First and Fourteenth Amendment rights and is a form of unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination that stigmatizes both
the ideas in the book and the students reading the book.
You can read the complaint here. The Salt Lake Tribune has much more about the case.