Attorney General Gives Go Ahead On "Family Council" Plot

Gay Adoption Ban To Be Petitioned In Arkansas

The Arkansas Family Council got a green light to petition against gay adoption:

[State Attorney General Dustin] McDaniel approved the Family Council’s proposed initiative to prohibit a minor from being placed with an adoptive or foster parent in Arkansas who is cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage recognized by the state.

McDaniel previously rejected a version of the Family Council’s proposal, but the conservative group revised the wording of the measure to address McDaniel’s concerns.

If approved by voters, the ban effectively would reinstate a state ban on foster-parenting by gays that the state Supreme Court struck down last year. The Family Council tried this year to get the Legislature to pass a bill to ban adoption or foster parenting by gays or unmarried couples, but the bill died in the House Judiciary Committee after passing the Senate.

The Family Council now has until next July 7th to collect a measly 62,000 signatures: approximately two percent of the state’s population.

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  • Heather_L_James

    I’m in need of a history lesson here…The LGBT equality movement has been equated, especially recently, with the plights of other minorities in their struggle for justice. Did African Americans and women have to read garbage like this, were people were actually working to pass discriminatory legislation as they fought for their slice of equality pie?

    I admit, I live a pretty insular life. I’m in a liberal city and surround myself with artists and other open minds. How do these people rationalize this? Why, when a majority of America allegedly supports equal rights for queer folks, do these people still seek to deny our humanity?

    I am more and more convinced that these anti-gay groups are raising a ruckus to blind all Americans to real problems. You know, problems like how this country is massively in debt, our kids are getting fatter and dumber by the second, and that this place is basically fucked eight ways from Sunday.

  • chris

    Arkansas 2007 = Alabama 1963, and don’t think we’ll forget it either.

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