Society as a whole has become more accepting of gays and lesbians in recent years.

It wasn't long ago - a couple years - same-sex marriage wasn't even an option in some states.

Now, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex couples can marry nationwide.

Still, even in 2019, there's something about other people's sexuality that gets under the skin of some people.

They may not know a single person who is gay or lesbian, but they don't have to - they simply will not accept them.

Just as different religions and races struggle to accept each other, gays and lesbians are still fighting a long-winding, uphill battle to win people over in a society in which heterosexuality has always been considered the norm.

The culture battle isn't just being fought in courtrooms - it is also unfolding in libraries across the country.

Every year the American Library Association releases a list of the most challenged books, which are works that have either been banned or restricted by librarians, teachers, parents, patrons and others.

Based on the 2018 list, which was released last week, it appears many in our society aren't quite ready for a children's book featuring a gay rabbit as the protagonist. No. 2 on the list was "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo."

The book is a parody of a children's story, "A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo," written by Vice President Mike Pence's wife about their family's pet rabbit. In Oliver's version of the tale, Marlon Bundo turns out to be gay.

According to The Associated Press, it wasn't just the political viewpoint librarians disliked, as some also complained about the book's gay-themed content.

It begs the question - what if Peter Rabbit was gay?

The book wasn't the only one on the list censored for gay content.

According to the list on the ALA website, of the 11 most challenged books of 2018, four were censored for "LGBTQIA content," another was challenged for "including a same-sex couple," and the No. 1 book on the list was challenged in part for "including a transgender character."

It wasn't long ago libraries were censoring "And Tango Makes Three," a book about a gay penguin couple at the New York Zoo who hatched an egg together. The book made the list five consecutive times from 2006-10.

The ALA's challenged book list is an odd measuring stick, but until we can accept LGBTQ content, same-sex couples and transgender characters, we won't truly accept the LGBTQ community.

Our society should reflect all of who we are, and the book selection at our libraries should as well.

Moscow Public Library carries "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo" and "And Tango Makes Three." Neill Public Library carries "And Tango Makes Three."

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