Rally raps 9 as threat to books, free ideas
The Oregonian (Portland)
Judith Barrington, poet; Doris Fong, Benson High; Scott Lively, Oregon Citizens Alliance
Protesters on steps of Multnomah County Library with "Rally for the Right to Read" banner
Hundreds of librarians and book enthusiasts rally against Measure 9 Saturday at the Multnomah County Library in downtown Portland.
Protesters against Measure 9 marched through downtown Portland and gathered to rally for the right to read. Participants in the march carried books about homosexuality they fear could be banned from libraries, if Measure 9 passes. The measure would amend the state constitution, prohibiting state and local government agencies from using funds or property to encourage homosexuality. Supporters of the initiative argue that the protections of the First Amendment will not be threatened.
censorship, challenges, homosexuality, Oregon Constitution