The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is now involved in a controversy over the book, And Tango Makes Three. CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman had the book removed from a handful of elementary school libraries at the request of concerned parents, but he admits that he did not follow the school district’s established procedure for doing so. Gorman admitted, “I screwed this one up.”

The book is based on the saga of a baby penguin (Tango) that had two daddies (Silo and Roy). According to the book, “They didn’t spend much time with the girl penguins…Instead, Roy and Silo wound their necks around each other.” And you know what that must mean!

I believe that this is a serious issue, but it is hard not to laugh at this bit of additional information appended to the Observer’s story:

Shortly after the book was published in 2005, New York Times reporter Jonathan Miller reported that Roy and Silo had separated: “Silo’s eye began to wander, and last spring he forsook his partner of six years at the Central Park Zoo and took up with a female from California named Scrappy. Of late, Roy has been seen alone, in a corner, staring at a wall.”