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Arkansas AG wants Family Council to butt out of adoption ban fight

I love this — the fundies are rebuffed by the state. The Arkansas Family Policy Council has been told by the state’s Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to stay out of the case brought to challenge the ban on gays and lesbians adopting.

The reason the Council is up in arms is because it believes the AG and the governor aren’t going to fight the challenge their way.

The council notes in its Jan. 16 request that McDaniel previously opposed the measure to ban unmarried couples living together from adopting or fostering children. The ban went into effect Jan. 1 after voters approved it in November. The council said McDaniel may not make the same arguments that supporters would in court, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday.

McDaniel’s political action committee also gave $1,000 to a campaign against the measure last fall.

In addition, the council questions Gov. Mike Beebe’s commitment to rebuff the lawsuit because the governor previously opposed the ban, saying it would limit the number of homes for children who need them. Beebe is a defendant in the case as the state’s chief executive.

Bring out the tiny violin. An even more hilarious objection by the organization is that it spent money to get the ban passed, therefore it’s owed the chance to help defend the law.

The council also argues it should be allowed to intervene because of its efforts to put the measure into writing and successfully campaign to get it on the November ballot and approved by voters. The council said the effort cost 20,600 man-hours and $92,716, and gives the group a special interest in defending the law.

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