Witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Ms. Palin asked the librarian about removing books from the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Ms. Palin never advocated censorship.
But in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book “Daddy’s Roommate” on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms. Chase and Mr. Stein. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it.
“Sarah said she didn’t need to read that stuff,” Ms. Chase said. “It was disturbing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the library and she didn’t even read it.”
This case involves the censorship of two acclaimed books, Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman (Alyson Wonderland Publications 1989) and Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite (Alyson Wonderland Publications 1990). Both are children's picture books--Heather is a 46-page black and white book, and Daddy's Roommate is 32 pages in color--written for very young children about the subject of children who have gay and lesbian parents.
The two Books have been endorsed by educators, psychologists, and librarians. Indeed, Linda Hughes--the Library Administrator of the Wichita Falls Public Library--feels strongly that Heather and Daddy's Roommate are "a wonderful way to explain to children that you may live in a different lifestyle, but the important thing is people love you."
As discussed below, the City Council of Wichita Falls--by a four to three vote--passed a Resolution which gave 300 people with library cards the right to censor Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy's Roommate, by having these Books removed from the children's section of the Library and placed in the adult book section. This opinion holds that this unique Resolution is unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 8 of the Texas Constitution.
For the reasons stated in this Court's Memorandum Opinion, judgment is entered in favor of the Plaintiffs, enjoining the Defendants from enforcing City Council Resolution No. 16-99 (the "Altman Resolution") because it is unconstitutional. Costs are taxes against the Defendant City of Wichita Falls, Texas.
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