Montana State Library Cuts Ties With the American Library Association Over “Marxist Lesbian” President

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The Montana State Library Commission has voted to sever all ties with the American Library Association (ALA) due to its president being a self-described “Marxist lesbian.” This makes Montana the first state to separate from the ALA. The commission took issue with a tweet from Emily Drabinski, president of the ALA, in which she touted being a “Marxist lesbian who believes that collective power is possible to build and can be wielded for a better world….” The commission wrote in its letter, “Our oath of office and resulting duty to the Constitution forbids association with an organization led by a Marxist.” The decision has sparked a debate on the role of libraries and concerns about inappropriate content.