"Uncle Bobby's Wedding" is a childrens book that deals with gay marriage

10:00 PM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
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Brentwood, MO (KSDK) - A controversial children's book is getting some extra attention at the Brentwood Library. It's called "Uncle Bobby's Wedding." In it, two of the male characters get married.

A parent filed a written complaint with the library and demanded the book be pulled off the shelves after he found it in a stack of books his daughter wanted to borrow.

James Vandervoort wrote in part "This book seeks to influence young children to accept an activity that is illegal (homosexual marriage) and a lifestyle that is well-documented to be harmful to one's physical and emotional well-being."

Vicki Woods, the library's director, doesn't see it that way.

"To those people that are concerned about whether the book advocates gay marriage, it doesn't," said Woods. "It's essentially about the little girl's concern about losing time and contact with her uncle."

Woods added, "To those people who don't believe in gay marriage, they don't have to read the book."

"Uncle Bobby's Wedding" was strongly challenged when it was released in 2008, but Woods says Vandervoort's is the only complaint the Brentwood library has received.

Per library policy the book will be out of circulation until a decision is made on whether to keep it. The library's board of trustees will make that decision on November 12th.


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