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July 26, 2006

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The distinction does not make sense, because libraries have typically been a public forum for ideas. The ordinance passed squelches all ideas that come from a specific class of people not approved by the writers of the ordinance. Libraries, in fact, frequently have copies of Hitler's writings, and also Karl Marx's writings. This is not a sign of approval -- it is an attempt to inform. Including gay ideas does not neccessarily indicate approval, only that information from all parties can be presented.

This distinction is a big one in constitutional law and exists in many contexts. The principle case on this is Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife, 504 U.S. 555 (1992), which held that a person who might have wanted to visit foreign countries whose wildlife populations were (allegedly) devastated by American policies didn’t have a standing to sue.

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