Bil Browning

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Adoption Ban

Filed By Bil Browning | April 08, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: adoption ban, Arkansas, court ruling, same-sex adoption

Good news out of Arkansas yesterday. In a unanimous decision, the state's supreme court upheld a lower court's decision that the state's ban on same-sex adoption was an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. 270px-Map_of_USA_AR.svg.pngSupporters now say they'll try to pass a constitutional amendment to reinstate the discriminatory law.

Supporters of an Arkansas law prohibiting gay couples and other unmarried people who live together from adopting or serving as foster parents say they're considering asking voters to adopt the measure as a constitutional amendment.

Arkansas Family Council President Jerry Cox spoke after the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that struck down the law. He said during a news conference that the high court put the rights of adults ahead of the best interests of children.

Maybe they should ask Florida how well that worked out for them...


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If all the time, energy, and resources spent on trying to dictate morality were spent tending to society's problems we would be a much better nation. I am happy justice is served but sad that people still wish to waste what we have on control of others. Live by your principals and beliefs but realize everyone else is entitled to their lives as well.

Brad Bailey | April 8, 2011 9:00 PM

I called up the Arkansas ACLU yesterday and congratulated them and Rita Sklar, the executive director, on their victory. They've given 1,600 foster kids in this state a greater chance at having a real home.

They really deserve it. I remember covering this election almost three years ago and every blog was talking about prop 8, prop 8, prop 8 (us too) and I posted a few times about it. It struck me as a lot more hurtful to go after adoption instead of marriage, like it was like they really cared about nothing other than promoting homophobia, kids be damned.

Now it's overturned. Good for them.

Because it's so much better for a child to be in the system than be adopted by a gay or lesbian couple...

Sheesh! What are we thinking, to want to be able to care for children? Really, don't we know it's all about raising them to think the right way? Whether they are fed, clothed, and loved is irrelevant!

/sarcasm, obviously