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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:10 PM
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Breaking: LGBT Victory in Arkansas
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 01:11 PM by kpete
Source: Daily Kos

THU APR 07, 2011 AT 11:52 AM EDT
Breaking: LGBT Victory in Arkansas
byoutspoken82

Since this is breaking news, I'll keep this short and sweet. The Arkansas Supreme Court has just announced its ruling on Arkansas' Act 1, which prevented all unmarried, cohabitating couples (both same-sex and straight) from adopting or fostering children. They have upheld a lower court's ruling reversing the adoption ban, saying the ban violated privacy rights. You can read the full opinion here. http://www.arktimes.com/images/blogimages/2011/04/07/13... According to the ruling, the system already in place (DHS) to screen applicants is more than adequate and is in fact the least restrictive system. A "blanket ban" like the one Act 1 imposed was the most restrictive and ultimately not in the best interest of the children in question.

A key quote from the opinion:

"By imposing a categorical ban on all persons who cohabit with a sexual partner, Act 1 removes the ability of the State and our courts to conduct these individualized assessments on these individuals, many of whom could qualify and be entirely suitable foster or adoptive parents."

As a happily "partnered" lesbian living in Arkansas, I can't express how much this ruling means to me and to my better half. We've considered trying to get pregnant, and until this ruling hit the press this morning, the legal minefield was simply too much for us. My partner would have had no legal grounds to adopt our potential children. Now? A whole world is opening up in front of us! It's a good day in the Natural State.

Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/07/964380/-Breaki...



more:
http://www.hrcbackstory.org/2011/04/arkansas-supreme-co...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:11 PM
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1. Awesome. nt
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:14 PM
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2. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, kpete.
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buddysmellgood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:33 PM
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3. Arkansas? Wow. That is big.
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Dogtown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:43 PM
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4. K&R n/t
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:17 PM
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5. Great news -- and wonderful news for orphans!!
They say that in Hawaii at one time, homosexuals were revered for stepping in

as caretakers of orphaned children.


Congratulations and best wishes for whatever decisions you make!!

:)
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:18 PM
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6. yay!
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felix_numinous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:35 PM
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7. K&R
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forty6 Donating Member (849 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:36 PM
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8. Great "ACTIVISM" from that state's court system...affirming basic rights
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 02:37 PM by forty6
the rest of us "married" folk enjoy!

I'm betting someone in some religious group will try to get a referendum going or something to reverse this...but it will go nowhere
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:44 PM
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9. Great news!
:hi:
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:54 PM
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10. yippee skippee!
My silly little state may be growing up! Yeah!
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:27 PM
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11. Hooray for the soon to be happy parents!
Yay, families!
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LetTimmySmoke Donating Member (970 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:53 PM
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12. K&R
Discrimination against gay and lesbian people has gone on for too long in this country.
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