Article Title

Librarians have a point

Authors

Newspaper

Albany Democrat-Herald

Date

10-22-1992

Location

Albany, Oregon

Participants

Deborah Jacobs, Oregon Library Association

Abstract

Oregon librarians are concerned about the potential impact of Ballot Measure 9 on the freedom to read. If passed, Measure 9 would forbid public libraries as branches of government to promote, encourage or facilitate homosexuality. This vague language invites challenges of books by people known to be homosexual, even popular American poets like Walt Whitman. Though the intent of Measure 9 supporters is to protect impressionable youth, this initiative would lead to censorship of library collections.

Keywords

censorship, challenges, freedom to read, homosexuality, Oregon Constitution

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