Monday, August 25, 2008

Homosexual Adoption Ban Cleared for Arkansas Ballot

A proposal aimed at effectively banning gays and lesbians from becoming foster or adoptive parents was cleared Monday to appear on this fall's ballot in Arkansas.

-- From "Gay Adoption Ban Cleared for Arkansas Ballot" by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press, 8/25/08

The measure would prohibit unmarried couples living together from fostering or adopting children.

The Family Council campaign is a response to a 2006 Arkansas Supreme Court decision striking down a state policy that specifically banned gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents.

The measure faces the threat of a lawsuit from groups who say that it unfairly discriminates against unmarried couples and limits the number of foster and adoptive homes available for children.

Cox said the Family Council will rely on support from the same network of churches that helped it pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in 2004.

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