Singapore authorities have withdrawn from libraries two children’s books featuring same-sex couples, sparking controversy amid a debate on gay rights in the conservative city-state.
And Tango Makes Three features a pair of gay penguins while The White Swan Express mentions a lesbian couple.
Petitions for the books to be put back have garnered thousands of signatures.
Gay sex is illegal in Singapore, and a recent gay rally drew an unprecedented backlash from religious groups.
The two books were removed earlier this week after a library user wrote into the National Library Board expressing concern about the books’ content.
The library board said in a statement that it takes “a pro-family and cautious approach in identifying titles for our young visitors”, and plans to pulp the books despite vocal opposition.