Adoption ban falls short of signatures

Arkansas News Bureau
July 24, 2008
The Family Council Action Committee fell about 4,000 valid signatures short but will have another 30 days to make up the difference. [Link]

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AP News Analysis: Social issues fail signature ct.

Associated Press
July 12, 2008
An anti-family campaign in Arkansas which is trying to gather enough signatures to ban adoption by gay and lesbian couples is failing as a result of the public's opposition to discrimination. (Link)

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Anti-Gay Adoption Initiative Faces Names Crunch in Arkansas

365Gay.com
July 3, 2008
An organization collecting signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot to ban unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children in Arkansas said Thursday it will submit its petitions by Monday's deadline but will likely need more time to get the number required. (Link)

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Arkansas: From Big News To Old News, Domestic Partnership Registry Changes Little

The Morning News
June 7, 2008
The Eureka Springs city-sponsored domestic partnership registry that reaped headlines nationwide a year ago has gone from big news to old news--bringing little change except for an economic boost for the area. (Link)

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Group Behind Anti-Adoptions Begs For Cash

365Gay.com
March 24, 2008
An umbrella group of social conservatives trying to gather enough signatures to force a referendum that could ban couples who are not married from adopting children in Arkansas has launched a desperate appeal for money. [Link]

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Drive kicks off to ban foster care by partners

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
January 25, 2008
The Arkansas Family Council is launching a petition drive in hopes of passing a law that would ban gay and unmarried couples from adopting or becoming foster parents. A coalition of doctors, ministers, children’s advocates and others officially organized to campaign against the proposal. [Link]

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AR town to recognize gay couples, no rights though

Today's THV
May 14, 2007
Gay couples can register with Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and receive a certificate acknowledging their relationships. However, it's not a legal document and does not bestow any of the rights and responsibilities of marriage on the partnerships. [Link]

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On Capitol Hill, several bishops join opposition to anti-gay marriage amendment

Episcopal News Service
May 26, 2006
"Bishop Larry Maze of Arkansas and retired New Jersey Bishop Joe Morris Doss, now living in Louisiana, joined a diverse spectrum of clergy and religious leaders on Capitol Hill May 22 to speak against passage of the so-called 'Federal Marriage Amendment' (FMA)." [Link]

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Episcopal church in Fayetteville supports blessing for same-sex couples

Local Channel 3 News
October 10, 2005
After years of discussion between parishioners and church leaders to approve a resolution adopting a rite of blessing for same-sex couples, an Episcopal church in Fayetteville, Arkansas has agreed to support the resolution, becoming the first congregation among the state's 55 churches in the Episcopal Church USA to support such a ceremony. [Link]

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OPINION: You signed the petition, didn’t you?

Arkansas News Bureau
July 8, 2004
Writer predicts an anti-gay state amendment will pass in Arkansas... just like a segregation law did in the 1950's. "We voted narrowly in 1990 to repeal it. Narrowly. In 1990. To repeal. Racial segregation." And anti-gay laws will be repealed too. [Link]

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