Homosexual Book in North Carolina Elementary School Prompts Legislation

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A North Carolina congressman has introduced a bill that would create local parental review boards with the authority to decide which library and classroom-based materials will be purchased for elementary schools.

Republican U.S. Congressman Walter Jones said the Parental Empowerment Act of 2005 (H.R. 2295) was crafted in response to a situation in Wilmington, N.C., where parents were concerned that their children were given access to adult content, particularly "King and King," a book detailing a homosexual marriage between two princes.

"The goal behind this legislation is to empower parents to take charge of the content available to their young children in our public schools," said Jones. "When parents are active participants in their children's lives, everyone wins.

"This legislation will be one avenue to help parents take back their right to determine the appropriateness of the content their children are exposed to," added Jones.

The parents who were upset over the "King and King" book took their concerns to the school board, and the board took a vote to restrict access to the book in local elementary schools.

The Parental Empowerment Act would establish review boards of five to fifteen parents who would review the potential purchases by the appropriate educational agency and then recommend for or against such items.

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