Arkansas voters approve gay adoption and foster ban

Arkansas voters have approved a measure banning unmarried couples who are living together being adoptive or foster parents.

The AP reports that more than 56 percent of voters supported the ban, said by its proponents to be aimed primarily at keeping gays from becoming foster or adoptive parents. The measure’s sponsor, the Arkansas Family Council, tried to paint its as a battle against a “gay agenda.”

Opponents argued it would make it harder for the state to find the foster parents it needs to take care of children.

The measure grew out of a 2006 Arkansas Supreme Court decision that struck down a state policy banning gay foster parents. A push to enact a ban similar to the ballot measure during the last legislative session failed.

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4 thoughts on “Arkansas voters approve gay adoption and foster ban

  • November 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm
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    It’s a sad day in Arkansas for parents and children. Biggotry prevails once again.

  • November 7, 2008 at 2:08 am
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    In this day in age it is sad that people still fear gay families.. We live in a state that is different the social services have a ton of gay families…

  • November 7, 2008 at 4:02 am
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    There are so many children that need loving parents. And who says that two gay women or men can’t provide them with a loving and caring home. That is a bunch of Bull****!!!! The racism in this country makes me sick. Why can’t they just leave the gay commuinity alone? Who says that we can’t be good parents??? My partner and I have a 9 year old daughter. She does have a father but he is a piece of shit. He has not seen her for 4 years and doesn’t even care. I think the two of us make better parents than some straight parents.

  • November 6, 2008 at 3:29 am
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    I agree with the previous poster.
    It’s sad that on the same day we get our first black president we have a blow like this towards another group of people. I can’t wait to see the day when everyone will be equals.

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