"Over A Dozen Families Affected By Act 1 Step Forward To File Lawsuit"
The American Civil Liberties Union [a few weeks ago] filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down a new law that bans any unmarried person who lives with a partner from serving as an adoptive or foster parent in the state of Arkansas.A link to the entire press release by the ACLU of Arkansas is attached -- and from that press release there is links to other interesting information including biographies of the plaintiff families.
Join the discussion below, or Read more at www.acluarkansas.org.
#3514 Feb 7, 2014
What is Act 1?
#3515 Feb 7, 2014
I refused to sign the petition at my church.
#3516 Apr 26, 2014
It is the exact same judge who struck down Act 1, which was unanimously agreed with by the Arkansas Supreme Court, who is currently deciding whether or not to strike down the "one man one woman" Amendment here in Arkansas
Good luck to the opposing side!!!
Freedom will win.
#3517 Apr 26, 2014
The interesting thing about Act 1 is that it ultimately discriminates on the basis of whether or not one is having sex (because as long as you're not having sex with anyone, then your ability to adopt or foster is not affected by Act 1)-- as under the Act 1:
Homosexual single (unmarried and not cohabitating with a sexual partner) wanting to adopt --- an adoption is fine.
Heterosexual single (unmarried and not cohabitating with a sexual partner) wanting to adopt --- an adoption is fine.
Cohabitating roommates that are not having sex, whether they are heteroxexual or homomosexual (or both)--- an adoption is fine.
Under the amendment,(cohabitation + sex)- marriage = no adoption.
The only way to give any effect to this amendment is for the government to peer into the bedroom and see if cohabitating roommates (or presumably even housemates) are having sex or not -- because cohabitating roommates of any sexual orientation who are not having sex can adopt under this Act.
This issue got started when a law prohibiting homosexuals from adopting or fostering was UNANIMOUSLY declared Unconstitutional by the Arkansas Supreme Court (in 2005 I believe). In 2006 there was an attempt to get an outright ban on homosexual adopting and fostering passed in the Arkansas legislature AND IT FAILED (with the reasons being that it would be Unconstitutional). And that prompted Act 1 -- which was a thinly veiled attempt to appear to not be blatantly Unconstitutional by sacrificing the rights of some heterosexuals in order to prevent some homosexuals from adopting and fostering.
Here is the flyer that was created by the creators of Act 1 (whos name is on the Petition that the CEO of Wal-Mart signed) and was distributed all over Arkansas (including on my front door):
Notice how there is an entire section that describes how Act 1 is going to "Blunt the Gay Agenda" -- just as it was advertised in every other way that it was advertised. The "Act One Blunts the Gay Agenda" paragraph says (among other things) that "Arkansas has no law to prevent adoptive or foster children from being placed with homosexual couples."
And the case against Act 1 is in no way relegated to homosexuals -- Act 1 violates the exact same rights of "privacy" and "equal protection" and "due process" of the heterosexual cohabitating sexual partners who aren't married as it does with the homosexual ones.
...not to mention the rights of the children that are being violated...
#3518 Apr 27, 2014
That's perfectly reasonable!
#3519 Apr 27, 2014
The goal of us Republicans is to get government out of our private lives, except when it comes to gays or anything else we don't like.
#3520 May 4, 2014
#3521 May 4, 2014
How do you feel about Log Cabin Republicans?
#3522 May 10, 2014
They aren't real Republicans, kinda like a cult calling themselves Christians.
#3523 Oct 29, 2014
I'm sure Jesus would be delighted with you.
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