Even as Arkansas voters get ready to decide whether the state will ban adoption and foster care by lesbians and gay men, the state's Department of Health and Human Services has lifted its ban on licensing unmarried couples -- gay and straight -- as foster parents. Even the governor has said that the shortage of foster homes means no one should be preempted from the start from applying.
Arkansas has a pro-child agenda, not a "gay agenda"
Well to the Family Council or Arkansas this means the state has a "gay agenda." Really? Arkansas? I don't think so! The Family Council is associated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family, and they are the ones with an agenda -- an agenda to promote anti-gay ideology above the best interests of children.
Meanwhile, opposition to the ballot initiative banning fostering and adoption by anyone living with an unmarried partner got a boost when the only national organization of adults who lived in foster care as children came out in opposition to the ban. A group of retired Arkansas judges also oppose the ban; they want to be able to do what's best for children. Still, it's going to be hard to defeat the ban. If you know anyone in Arkansas, call them and tell them to vote NO on Initiated Act 1. Donate to Arkansas Families First. They need money and people to have a shot at defeating a ban that could be the beginning of copycat bans in other states in future elections.