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Controversial coloring book educates kids on homosexuality

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A coloring book is causing controversy. The title of the book is "Being Gay Is Okay". It's being marketed to kids and adults.

The book has bright colors, features a gay marriage certificate and a sample coming out letter.

"The book is just fabulous for lack of a better word," said Wayne Bell.

A practical novel for children, adults and educators on gay life, that's the intention of the book, "Being Gay Is Okay," says publisher, Wayne Bell.

Bell said, "What we're trying to do with the book is just show that being gay is okay and a lot of people don't believe that."

"I don't think this is appropriate at all," said Jonathan Saenz, a father and President of the group "Texas Values."

Bell said, "The book is actually an educational tool designed to help teachers and educators or a parent explain to a child what being gay is about."

"If any public administrator tries to push this in a public school, we're going to see it as a problem," said Saenz.

Bell said, "Children basically, know their sexuality before the age of 10 or 12."

"Basically being suggested to embrace more of a homosexual lifestyle and have all this discussion about sex is incredibly inappropriate at their age level," added Saenz.

Thumb through the pages and you'll find a sample coming out letter, a gay marriage certificate, even gay celebrity trading cards.

We showed the coloring book to some parents.

Father of three, Jarred Dupree, said, "The title, being gay and it's okay, is not something that I would promote to my own children... the more appropriate thing would probably be to say, 'I'm gay and it's acceptable' because you still have to accept people who are gay in society."

"I'm not sure that I would need that type of tool to explain that because...it's so common now and it's not as taboo and it would have been in the past, but I could see how some families would find it helpful," said Deborah Lee, a mother of two twins.

Bell said, "It doesn't try to convince children of anything. It's really a tool that people can use to help children, as they grow older, to figure out who they are, but more than anything is teaches children that being gay is okay."

Saenz said, "I have a concern when you see more and more people try to normalize, to push the gay lifestyle on young children."

Social service workers in Missouri are using the book for education, and Texas is in the top five states for most purchases.

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