Alex Blaze

Results: Arkansas's unmarried couples adoption ban passes

Filed By Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 1:36 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: Act 1, adoption rights, Arkansas, foster parenting, initative act one, umarried couples, unmarried adoption ban

Alex 1:36

And CNN also called it for this one: Arkansas's Initiative Act 1, the ban on unmarried adoption, has passed.

Alex - 11:22

With 28% reporting, the act is up 59-41.

This isn't looking good, and it's absolutely ridiculous. This bill would overburden the foster care system in Arkansas, which already only has foster homes for about 1/3 children in that state. And it doesn't just take rights away from same-sex couples, but opposite-sex couples that aren't, for whatever reason, married.

It's awful, and it shouldn't win.

Alex - 9:58

Now with 4% reporting, it's up 57-43. Brutal.

Alex - 9:10

With almost no precincts reporting in Arkansas, the ban on unmarried couples adopting and foster parenting (which would include all the same-sex couples, of course) is down 58-42. Epic!


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Where are your results coming from? The Arkansas Secretary of State's website reports that it's 56.52% in favor of the act.

http://www.arelections.org/index.php?ac:show:contest_statewide=1&elecid=181&contestid=5

thanks for reminding me that i need to update this one. I was using channel 7's numbers from a little while ago.

The Arkansas Times blog reports that only Pulaski County (Little Rock) is opposing Act 1 and "it can't overcome the balance of the state alone." It voted against Act 1 55-45.

The act only trails by 7,000 votes so hope isn't lost yet, but it's dwindling fast.

Currently: 57-43 in favor.

59-41 in favor with 15% of the counties reporting. The margin is 20,000.

I don't expect this one will be won. This is a sad day for Arkansas.

We worked hard to spread the word, but I guess that bigots are more powerful that reason.

I hope it will be challenged in the courts.

There is an insidious reason why states don't feel motivated to place their oversupply of foster children in good homes. A few years ago, I did an article on this subject for A & U Magazine. The Children's Services system is corrupted by the fact that it gets funded by federal money, and each state gets money "per head," for each individual child in the system. It works like the ADA in education, where each school gets federal money for each day that a child is in school...which motivates schools to minimize truancy as much as they can.

So Children's Services serves itself by seizing as many children as possible...which is why you read stories about children that are taken from their parents for seemingly specious and ridiculous reasons. The goal is numbers. The more children they have, the more federal money there is. It's really that simple.

So...does the state of Arkansas care one bit about placing foster children? Not one bit. Do they care that group homes are often overcrowded and rife with child abuse? Of course not. Neither does any other state.

In fact, making it an issue of "not wanting those bad gay people to adopt" is just a smokescreen for the real issue, which is...they're protecting their funding stream.

I am hopeful too this will be challenged in court.
It seems that Arkansas has cut off it's foot to spite it's toe. Very sad and discouraging.

What is wrong with the people in the state of Arkansas? I can not believe that you would pass such a law. Think of all those children in the foster care system who might have actually had the oppurtunity to go to a home where they would be cared for and loved. Who cares if that is a home where there is a same sex couple. Same sex couples are just capable of providing a loving home to a child as a heterosexual couple. Not only that but the ban also prohibits heterosexual couples who aren't married from adopting or fostering children as well. Glad to see that the state of Arkansas clearly does not care about the children in the foster system and it is good to know that they would deny those children the right to go to a good home because of their ignorance and fear!!!!!

To illustrate how wrong-minded this is:

My parents divorced several years ago and while they have reconciled, they never remarried. If something were to happen to my sister, where would her two children go? According to Act 1, my parents, co-habitating as they are outside of a "valid" marriage, would be barred from adopting them.

It's either into the system or off with their (different) dead-beat dads? I shudder at the thought.

Act 1 is bad policy no matter how you look at it.

Please know that not everyone living in Arkansas was for Act 1. Plenty of residents, including myself, are outraged that this Act passed. Arkansas Families First and other groups are working to have this Act repealed.

It is not easy being liberal in such a widely conservative state : /

Warmest Regards!

Please know that not everyone living in Arkansas was for Act 1. Plenty of residents, including myself, are outraged that this Act passed. Arkansas Families First and other groups are working to have this Act repealed.

It is not easy being liberal in such a widely conservative state : /

Warmest Regards!