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Little Rock, Arkansas Bans Gays from Helping Foster Children
June 16, 2006, 2:27 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian, politics

Little Rock, Arkansas – Lawyers representing gay couples told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday that a policy banning homosexuals from becoming foster parents is unconstitutional; however, the state argued that this policy “protects” children’s moral and spiritual welfare.

On one side of the debate, Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber argued that the state allows single heterosexual individuals to be foster parents, but not single homosexuals. Hall said that unlike homosexuals, a single heterosexual parent “has the potential” to find a spouse.

On the other side of the debate, Leslie Cooper, attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that the state’s policy is discriminatory and “couldn’t possibly do anything to protect the interest of children.” The ban reduces the number of eligible foster parents and therefore hurts children.

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