A Dallas-based attorney, John served as the lawyer for community members in Wichita Falls, TX, after a local ordinance was passed that mandated removal of books such as "Heather Has Two Mommies" from the children's section of the public library based only on a petition. Thanks to his work, the law was found unconstitutional. Since then, John has served as a Freedom to Read Foundation trustee and as a member of the faculty of ALA's Lawyers for Libraries program.
THANK YOU, John K. Horany, for championing the fundamental right to choose, read and receive information as demonstrated in your steadfast defense of the groundbreaking children’s books, Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate.
Thank you for your tireless efforts in the successful legal challenge to the City of Wichita Falls’ attempt to censor and remove these materials from the children’s room of the Wichita Falls, Texas, public library. Your efforts have helped to preserve the ability of public libraries nationwide to offer the broadest range of ideas and information to the public.
Thank you, John, for your commitment to the freedom to read for all persons, regardless of age, economic condition, family status, sexual orientation, or philosophical beliefs.
Candace D. Morgan, President Judith F. Krug, Executive Director