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Since new dad Clay Aiken came out of the closet, why can't a children's book about a couple of gay penguins catch a break?

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In honor of National Banned Book Week, it seems only fitting to take a look at a children's book that always makes the "Most Challenged" list each year. To get on the list, a book has to receive the most demands that it be banned. For the past three years "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnel, the story of two male penguins and their adopted child, has consistently pissed off folks for its alleged glorification of the non-traditional family. It's essentially the equivalent of "My Two Dads," only with gay penguins.

Come on, isn't it time we let these flightless birds celebrate their gay rights?  Ellen and Portia just got married. Clay Aiken just became a father. It's time, people.

Ironically the book in question isn't even fiction. Roy and Silo, two Chinstrap Penguins that reside in New York's Central Park, became at one time an inseparable couple. The zookeepers observed the pair desperately trying to hatch a rock and gave them a real egg instead. The result was the birth of a baby chick that zookeepers named Tango. Alas, their union, like many heterosexual marriages, ended after their baby chick was raised.

Dana Rudolf, founder of Mombian, an award-winning LGBT website, says many parents object to books depicting same-sex marriage because they think it contains references to sexuality. "This is wrong," says Rudolf. "One never needs to mention sex in order to teach young children that there are many types of families, including those with a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, a single parent, adoptive and birth parents, or parents of different races."

Would you really object to your children reading "And Tango Makes Three"?  How about your kid buying a Clay Aiken CD?


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Anonymous October 1, 2008, 7:31 AM

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Peggy October 1, 2008, 8:51 AM

I’d buy the book and I love Clay Aiken! People need to stop telling others how to live and what to buy. If you don’t want to buy the book (or Clay’s CD), don’t, but for heaven’s sake don’t ban it!

Enough October 1, 2008, 10:39 AM

It’s so simple. Children should be raised by a mother and a father. Not two women not two men. If god wanted men to mothers he would’ve given them wombs.

Allie October 1, 2008, 11:56 AM

“How about your kid buying a Clay Aiken CD?”

I have bought all of Clay’s CDs and will gladly buy his music in the future but this book is a different thing entirely.

Clay isn’t raising his son with 2 fathers either.

Tottiehot October 1, 2008, 12:36 PM

Clay Aiken has a partner he just doesn’t trot him in front of the media.

Jenifer S October 2, 2008, 9:05 AM

Thank goodness we live in a accepting community! Every year in preschool, my very young children - now ages 3 and 5 - have classmates with 2 mommies and/or two daddies. It is such a “non issue” in my household (which is a household with one mommy and one daddy). We own “And Tango Makes Three” and I love this book! It is great reinforcement for the world we live in. It is amazing to me that in this day and age — a book with this content could be banned. Unbelievable! Ms Rudolph is 100% correct — no one needs to mention sex in order for their children to understand a family with two mommies or two daddies is still a family.

Anonymous October 2, 2008, 10:10 AM

“It’s so simple. Children should be raised by a mother and a father. Not two women not two men. If god wanted men to mothers he would’ve given them wombs.”

I see.

Guess I should be telling the single fathers this. I mean, there are a lot of men who adopt…without the mother figure.

[/sarcasm]

Not nearly enough October 2, 2008, 7:52 PM

The book is cool! Better to have a child raised by two loving parent of any gender than to be raised by the system or no parents at all. It’s all about love people!

Anonymous October 7, 2008, 11:55 AM

Non traditional families can give unbalenced relationships with genders. Such as a girl growing up with two moms may make for an unbalanced view of men; as they grew up without a daddy. This may lead sexism and all over awkwardness with men. Or in the case of Two woman and a boy, the boy does not grow up with a good male role model and will have difficulty with having relationships in general. The same thing with divorced parents, not to say that some divorces are not definatly necissary, but they do have similar negative effects.

Politically incorrect and lovin it October 7, 2008, 11:58 AM

Non traditional families can give unbalenced relationships with genders. Such as a girl growing up with two moms may make for an unbalanced view of men; as they grew up without a daddy. This may lead sexism and all over awkwardness with men. Or in the case of Two woman and a boy, the boy does not grow up with a good male role model and will have difficulty with having relationships in general. The same thing with divorced parents, not to say that some divorces are not definatly necissary, but they do have similar negative effects.

Mclovin October 7, 2008, 8:53 PM

Traditional families for years have bred sexism, violence and unbalanced views of both sexes. Parents that stay together that should probably be divorced, end up with kids that carry on there bad habits. Being unbalanced lies within each person, not your choice of tradition.

MICHELLE October 17, 2008, 3:42 AM

I THINK THIS IS COOL. IT’S AMAZING WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH ANIMALS.
I AM A TWO TIME SURROGATE FOR GAY COUPLES(MEN) THEY ARE WONDERFUL PARENTS. THEY HAD TO PLAN SO MUCH BEFORE MAKING THE EMOTIONAL/FINANCIAL DECISION OF BRINGING A BABY INTO THE WORLD. WITH MY HELP THEY HAVE COMPLETED “THEIR” FAMILIES. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF MY FAMILY! IT’S NICE TO HAVE THESE BOOKS FOR MY KIDS TO READ/SUPPORT & UNDERSTAND THE NON-TRADITIONAL “FAMILIES” WE HAVE HELPED.

wallis December 17, 2008, 5:20 PM

Why do gays want to force us to embrace their sick way of life. Go back in the closet where you belong.

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