There are those human beings who enjoy dressing up like animals. They are called "furries." And during the summer the Portland, Connecticut public library banned them from entering the library.
The powers that be at the library got that through by enforcing a rule on the books that forbids anyone coming in with a mask or costume which wasn't for medical or religious purposes. Because of the rights issues which may be involved (and the comic relief) the furries situation has been getting plenty of attention. This week the alternate newspaper in Connecticut THE NEW HAVEN ADVOCATE has an article by Gregory B. Hladky digging into what the Furries are about and why the library might have taken this extreme position. One can call it "extreme" because public libraries are notorious as sanctuaries for the odd to hang out.
Of course, everyone can be sympathetic with the library's and parents' concern about children being attracted to the furries, making them vulnerable to abuse. However, children are attracted to many adults, even if they're not dressed up a la Disney animal character.
The defense of the furries could be a great plot line for "The Good Wife." Liberal Diane could defend pro bono a furry who justs wants to quietly read THE NEW YORK TIMES in the Portland library.