More than a dozen
Arkansas families filed suit Tuesday challenging the
state's law barring unmarried couples living together
from becoming foster and adoptive parents.
chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed the
lawsuit on behalf of the families in Pulaski County circuit
court seeking to overturn Act 1. The ban was
overwhelmingly approved by voters in November's
"Act 1 violates
the state's legal duty to place the best interest of
children above all else," Marie-Bernarde Miller, a Little
Rock attorney in the lawsuit, told the Associated
The group filed
the suit on behalf of 29 adults and children from more
than a dozen families. The families claim the act's
language was confusing and voters were therefore
Family Council, a group that campaigned heavily for the ban,
admitted to targeting gay couples but said it will affect
both gay and straight people.
Jerry Cox, the
council's president, said he had expected a lawsuit to be
filed if the measure passed.
"We are confident
this lawsuit will fail and Act 1 will remain on the
books," Cox said.
The law does not
affect any adoptions that were approved before this ban
takes effect. (Advocate.com)