EDITORIAL: The Best Interests of the Child

The New York Times
January 6, 2009
The New York Times editorial board calls Act 1, the Ark. ballot referendum that prohibits same-sex couples from adopting or fostering children, “undeniably discriminatory” and calls it “a victory for the forces of bigotry and a major setback for the guiding principle of the law in adoption and foster care: the best interests of the child.” [Link]

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Anti-Gay, Anti-Family

New York Times
November 11, 2008
Dan Savage writes, "While Californians march...an even more ominous new law in Arkansas has drawn little notice. That state’s Proposed Initiative Act No. 1, approved by nearly 57 percent of voters last week, bans people who are “cohabitating outside a valid marriage” from serving as foster parents or adopting children. While the measure bans both gay and straight members of cohabitating couples as foster or adoptive parents, the Arkansas Family Council wrote it expressly to thwart “the gay agenda.” (Link)

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Equality’s Winding Path

New York Times
November 6, 2008
The Times editorial staff writes about anti-gay measures passing in California, Florida, Arkansas, and Arizona: "We do not view these results as reason for despair. Struggles over civil rights never follow a straight trajectory, and the ugly outcome of these ballot fights should not obscure the building momentum for full equality for gay people, including acceptance of marriage between gay men and women. But the votes remind us of how much remains to be done before this bigotry is finally erased." (Link)

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Loss in Arkansas

Act 1: Anti-gay measure would bar unmarried couples from fostering or adopting children

Anti-gay constitutional amendment PASSED

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Poll: Arkansas anti-gay adoption ban measure trailing badly

SeaQWa.com
October 26, 2008
A proposal to ban unmarried couples from fostering or adopting children in Arkansas is likely to fail, according to a major poll taken by University of Arkansas. (Link)
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Arkansas: Vote no on Act 1

Pam's House Blend
October 22, 2008
Arkansas Families First has released a 30-second spot features faces and voices of real Arkansas children, including former foster and adopted children. The children are joined by adults who lived in foster homes as children. Together, they ask voters to say no to Initiated Act 1, which would ban unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children. [Link]

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Arkansas Poll: In Arkansas ‘It’s the Economy’ and It Is Also McCain (but not adoption ban)

University of Arkansas Daily Headlines
October 23, 2008
When asked whether they favored or opposed Arkansas Proposed Initiative Act 1, which would prevent anyone who cohabitates outside a valid marriage from adopting or fostering a child, 55 percent opposed the initiative. “Personal feelings about an issue can be different from policy preferences,” Parry said. “After looking at this issue for several years, it seems to me that many Arkansans – both liberals and conservatives – are uncomfortable dictating the family arrangements of others, whether they agree with them or not.” [Link]
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Arkansas Judges Oppose Measure to Ban Adoption, Foster Care by Gay People

Associated Press
October 7, 2008
Three former chief justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court were among 13 retired judges who released a statement yesterday opposing the state's proposed anti-gay adoption and foster care ban, saying child placement should be decided case-by-case. [Link]
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Sides argue over Ark. foster parent restriction

Associated Press
October 2, 2008
As Ark. voters prepare to weigh in on a ballot measure that would expand the state's ban on unmarried couples fostering children to also bar adoption by such couples, child advocacy groups asked Ark. state officials to strike down the restriction. [Link] Read more about why marriage matters to children and families.

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Arkansas: Vote on Gay Adoptions

New York Times
August 26, 2008
A proposal intended to ban gay men and lesbians from becoming foster or adoptive parents was cleared for this fall’s ballot. [Link]

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