This measure would prevent unmarried, cohabiting couples from adopting or fostering children. Even though it would prevent straight, unmarried couples from adopting or fostering (and I'm sure there are far more of those than there are gay couples in Arkansas), it's directly targeted at queer couples, since FOTF's arm in that state has been trying to get it through ever since the Arkansas Supreme Court struck down their ban on gays and lesbians adopting foster parenting in 2006.
I couldn't find any ads from the Arkansas Family Council, the other side of this measure.
The gay and lesbian side of this measure has been winning in endorsements, with the top papers in that state, large groups of clergy, and the largest organization of adults who were in foster care endorsing a "No" on the adoption ban.
This is a case of cutting of your nose to spite your face, as the fundies would rather put children in group homes than let teh gayz parent:
The Family Council called a public hearing that triggered the change in state policy to allow unmarried couples to adopt a "sham." Jerry Cox, the president of the council's committee formed to push the act and fight the "homosexual agenda," said DHS "folded under the pressure of pro-gay groups."
Cox defended the proposed law, saying it would ensure the state use the "gold standard" -- homes headed by heterosexual married couples -- in the fostering and adoption of children.
If heterosexual married couples are the gold, are the 20 percent of licensed, single foster care parents the silver? Or would gay couples be silver and single parents be bronze?
"I'm not going to go there," Cox said. He said the Family Council did not plan to eventually take on single parents. "That's not an issue we chose to address."[...]
There are at any one time in Arkansas 3,700 kids needing foster care; there are only 1,000 eligible foster parents. Those who can't be placed in homes go to group homes or emergency shelters; many of those who are placed in foster care must make repeated moves because of a poor fit. Sixty percent of children in foster care in Arkansas are moved to three or more homes and some counties lack foster homes entirely, according to Jennifer Ferguson, deputy director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.
Funny how he doesn't want to address the fundamental argument in favor of this measure, that heterosexual married couples are simply so much better (at child-raising) than everyone else that group homes are preferable to any other family.
But all this talk about the children is just a cover for their homophobia. If these folks could go through the group homes and force the LGBT kids out into the street, the folks probably would do that too.
Updated to fix my slippage between "adoption" and "foster parenting." Thanks to the reader who emailed me with that one!