Gay Penguins Top List of Banned Books

The San Francisco Public Library celebrates banned books with party protest at main library today

By Jackson West
|  Thursday, Oct 1, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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Gay Penguins Top List of Banned Books

Orin Zebest

Arthur Miller would have a chuckle over American lawmakers scuttling an award for Harry Potter author JK Rowling on the grounds that she "promotes withcraft."

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And Tango Makes Three, the story of a New York gay couple's adoption of a foster child, is the book that garners the most calls for bans.

Of course, what probably excites such censorious anger is that the gay couple and child in question are adorable penguins.

And one of the reasons cited for banning the book is because even though it's about a loving couple raising a kid, it is somehow "anti-family."

Just wait until someone writes a book about San Francisco's bisexual penguin love triangle.

Authors and musicians are assembling on the steps of the Main Branch of San Francisco's Public Library, which of late hasn't met a book it would ban, at noon today.

Orin Zebest.

Jackson West wonders why the same people so eager to ban books to protect children are, it seems, the least likely to want guns banned.

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