Opponents said it’s important for students to be able to explore their interests and that the bill could violate students’ First Amendment rights.
The court said opponents are likely to win their legal challenge to the law aimed at keeping material deemed “sexually explicit” off school library shelves.
The federal lawsuit alleges the Escambia County School District and its School Board are violating the First Amendment through the removal of 10 books.
Judge Stephen Locher’s preliminary injunction halts enforcement of the law, which has already had resulted in the removal of hundreds of books from Iowa schools.
The lawsuit is the second in the past week to challenge the law, which bans books with sexual content all the way through 12th grade. An exception is allowed for religious texts.
Gov. Kim Reynolds, who signed the measure into law, defended it as “protecting children from pornography and sexually explicit content.”
Mayo is a private college, but the lawsuit argues that the professor's punishment is in direct conflict with Mayo’s free speech and academic freedom policy.
The regulation is the latest effort from conservative policymakers to restrict public school students’ access to books covering topics of race, gender identity and sexual orientation.