Sunday, September 21, 2014

We've already spoken

The 10th Circuit Court has already ruled on the same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. Before them now is the ban in Colorado. This time the 10th Circuit said, we've already spoken. Taking on this case now would be a waste of our time. We're going to wait for the Supremes to rule.

If the Supremes rule for us the 10th Circuit doesn't have to do anything. If the Supremes don't take one of the cases they revert back to the 10th Circuit and the Utah and Oklahoma rulings likely apply to Colorado, without taking the Colorado case.

It is Banned Book Week. To mark that All Things Considered on NPR did a story featuring one of the books frequently banned. The book is It's Perfectly Normal and explains puberty and sex to kids in a way easy for them to understand. It sounds quite comprehensive, including info on same-sex attraction, transgender, birth control, and sexual abuse. The book is frequently banned because the illustrations are a bit too detailed for the average parent and make them uncomfortable. They don't want kids to have access without supervision, so they can be there to answer questions (more likely, they don't want kids to have access).

The American Library Association has the list of the 10 most challenged books for 2013. Many of the books are the same as in the 2012 list. I see only one book is there this year because of homosexuality, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky.

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