Proposed Ban on Gay Adoptions in Arkansas
First they came to ban us from being able to marry the person of our choice. Now comes an attempt in Arkansas to pass a constitutional amendment to ban unmarried same-sex couples from being able to adopt children.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a state-run lottery to fund college scholarships and has approved a proposed ballot measure to prohibit unmarried couples living together from fostering and adopting children. Lt. Gov. Bill Halter had proposed the lottery measure rejected Thursday by McDaniel. Halter said it would fund $100 million annually in college scholarships. The conservative Arkansas Family Council filed the initiated act regarding foster and adoptive parents, which would effectively reinstate a state ban on gay foster parents that had been overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court. The attorney general must approve the language of ballot measures before supporters can begin collecting signatures on petitions to place them on the November 2008 ballot.
Of course same-sex couples are not able to marry, so in effect all same-sex couples would be banned from adopting kids or becoming foster parents.
It's unbelievable how much more invested Arkansas Family Council is in hurting LGBT people than they are in helping to ensure that kids have families to love and care for them.
This is going to be a key battle to watch. I have wondered for a couple of years when proposed constitutional amendments like this would be put forth. This could be the next wave of constitutional amendments that the LGBT community faces. Its also quite convenient that this one is timed to coincide with the November 2008 elections.