"Gay" Penguin Book Returns To Shelves, At Least For Now

A picture book about two male penguins that raise an adopted hatchling together is headed back to bookshelves in the Charlotte schools.

That is, at least until a school district panel decides the fate of the book, which was banned by Superintendent Peter Gorman. School district administrators admitted yesterday that a miscommunication caused them to ban the book without following district policy that calls for a formal complaint and review process.

"And Tango Makes Three" is based on a true story about two male penguins at New York's Central Park Zoo who hatch an adopted egg together.

The book had been in four elementary school libraries in Charlotte, and will be returned to those libraries.

The same-sex penguin love story has been challenged in several states. The American Library Association says Charlotte would be the first school district to ban the book.