Measure 9 sends ripples of dread through halls of Oregon libraries
The Oregonian (Portland)
Ginnie Cooper, Multnomah Co. Library; Judy Harold, Springfield Library; Deborah Jacobs, Oregon Library Association; Dandi Kenoyer; Lou Mabon, Oregon Citizens Alliance; Jim Scheppke, Oregon State Library; Carol Vengten, Coos Bay Library; Ralf Walters;
Deborah Jacobs stands in the library stacks, holding a book about homosexuality that has been vandalized.
Deborah Jacobs, Corvallis-Benton County Library director, is among the librarians who fear the potential effects of Measure 9, whose backers say it would be used against pro-homosexual books for children. She also says four of the library’s books on homosexuality have been vandalized since late July.
Oregon librarians are concerned about the threat of Ballot Measure 9 to intellectual freedom and First Amendment rights. If passed, the measure would prohibit the state from establishing Civil Rights protections based on sexual preference. Supporters of Measure 9 want to protect children from pro-homosexual books, and are not targeting adult library collections. Many professional organizations have condemned the initiative, including the Oregon Library Association.
censorship, challenges, freedom to read, homosexuality, Oregon Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court
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