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New Dispute Over Gay Books Erupts At Mass. School
by Margo Williams, 365Gay.com Boston Bureau

April 20, 2006 - 2:00 pm ET










(Boston, Massachusetts) A Lexington, Massachusetts elementary school that was at the center of a dispute with a parent last year over a gay themed book is once more under attack.

This time the book is "King and King".

A teacher read the book to second-graders at the Estabrook elementary school as part of a lesson about weddings. Following the reading the teacher noted that same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts and some children have two mommies and others have two daddies.

King and King is aimed at elementary school children and helps teach diversity. The book, by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland, tells the story of Prince Bertie who searches for love through a bevy of eligible princesses before falling for Prince Lee. 

The use of the book and the gay marriage comments infuriated parent Robin Wirthlin. She complained to the school board that her seven-year-old son should not be exposed to discussions of such at such an early age.

School superintendent Paul Ash said that Lexington schools are committed to "teaching children about the world they live in."

Last year another parent, David Parker, was charged with trespassing when he refused to leave a school where he was protesting against a different children's book with gay characters.

Parker became enraged when he discovered his six-year old son had brought home the book "Who's in a Family.' (story)

The book by Robert Skutch, and illustrated by Laura Nienhaus is aimed at children between three and seven. It catalogues a variety of multicultural contemporary family units, including those with single parents, lesbian and gay parents, mixed-race couples, grandparents and divorced parents.

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