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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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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