A child’s best interest

Children need loving homes. Prejudice shouldn’t stand in the way of that. So it is welcome news that a state judge in Arkansas has struck down a pernicious 2008 state law that barred qualified same-sex couples and other unmarried couples living together from serving as adoptive or foster parents.

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One million LGBT parents raising two million kids: what’s the problem?

Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director of Family Equality Council, responds to comments made by Former Republican Governor Mike Huckabee earlier this month that the country shouldn't "experiment" by allowing gay couples to adopt children. "Children are not puppies," he said. "This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?"

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Guess who’s invited to dinner?

The Hearty Boys, a gay Chicago couple who once hosted a Food Network show, have invited former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to come for dinner and see what gay family life is like.

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State judge overturns Arkansas adoption ban law

A state judge on Friday struck down an Arkansas law approved by voters that banned gay couples and other unmarried people living together from serving as adoptive or foster parents.

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Video: Why Will Won’t Pledge Allegiance

CNN: American Morning
November 16, 2009
John Roberts interviews 10-year-old Will Phillips, who refuses to pledge allegiance to the flag until LGBT people have equal rights. Phillips: "I looked at the end and it said 'with liberty and justice for all.' And there really isn't liberty and justice for all. Gays and lesbians can't marry." [Link]

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Arkansas 10-Year-Old Won’t Pledge Allegiance Until Gays Gain Equality

edge San Francisco
November 11, 2009
A 10-year-old Arkansas boy named Will Phillips has decided that he cannot in good conscience pledge allegiance to the flag as long as the country for which it stands refuses legal equality to its GLBT citizens. [Link]

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OP-ED: Married or Not, Let Couples Adopt

Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2009
David Ambroz discusses his own tumultuous youth as a child in foster care and the harm of Ark.'s ban on adoption by gay parents: "I'd say children in foster care don't care about the sexual orientation of people wanting to adopt them. They want loving, permanent and safe environments." [Link]

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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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