SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore’s information minister says two children’s books dealing with gay subjects that were ordered removed from public libraries won’t be destroyed after all.
Minister of Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said Friday that many in the conservative Southeast Asian city-state objected to the plan to pulp the books. He says he instructed the state-run National Library Board to place the books in the adult section of the public libraries.
The libraries pulled the books from the shelves earlier this month citing complaints they’re against Singapore’s family values.
They include “And Tango Makes Three,” a real-life story about a male-male penguin couple in the Central Park Zoo; “The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption,” which involves a lesbian couple; and “Who’s In My Family?: All About Our Families.”