Florida students and the authors of the book “And Tango Makes Three” have taken legal action against state education department officials and the Lake County School District for prohibiting access to the book.
The lawsuit claims that the book, which tells the true story of two male penguins raising a baby penguin, was removed from school libraries due to the controversial H.B. 1557, the “Don’t Say Gay” law. The plaintiffs argue that this removal infringes on students’ right to information and violates the First Amendment by discriminating against content and viewpoint.
The U.S. Department of Education has recently announced efforts to combat book bans in schools and libraries nationwide by creating a new position specifically around the issue.
This is not the first time this particular book has been removed from shelves. It was among the most frequently banned books in the 2021-22 school year according to PEN America.