Gay-themed children's books in Singapore escape pulping

(Photo: REUTERS / Edgar Su)A toddler plays with bubbles as participants wait to take part in the forming of a giant pink dot at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore June 28, 2014. The annual Pink Dot Sg event promotes an acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore, according to organizers.

Singapore's Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim has stopped two controversial children's books with gay themes being pulped following an outcry by a group of concerned citizens.

Yaacob instead has instructed the National Library Board to place the books in the adult section of the library where parents can borrow them, All Singapore Stuff reported.

"The decision on what books children can or cannot read remains with their parents.

"Parents who wish to borrow books to read with their children will have the option to do so," Yaacob said on his Facebook page.

The decision to pulp the books came a group of concerned Christian parents wrote to the National Library Board to get the three children's books banned, reported.

The minister stood by NLB's decision to remove the three books from the children's section. He added that the board will ensure that books in the children's section are age-appropriate.

The two books that escaped pulping are the multi-award winning And Tango Makes Three and The White Swan Express.

And Tango Makes Three is a true story about two male penguins raising a baby chick in the New York's Central Park Zoo.

The White Swan Express features children adopted by straight, gay, mixed-race, and single parents. But a third book, Who's in My Family which discusses types of families, including references to gay couples has already been destroyed.

Some writers had expressed dismay over the proposed pulping.

Gaystar News, a gay website, reports that a group of writers pulled out of writers' events leading to event cancellations.

"We condemn in the strongest terms NLB's decision to remove and destroy these books, given that it is responsible for the dissemination of information rather than its destruction," said the writers in a statement.

Earlier this year, Singapore's Media Development Authority banned a volume of the U.S. comics' series Archie because it said its same sex marriage content contradicts social norms.

Sex between men is illegal in Singapore and is punishable by up to two years in jail.

A study released by the Institute of Policy Studies revealed that 78.2 percent Singaporeans say that same-sex sexual intercourse is wrong, and 79.2 of them are against gay marriage.

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