Arkansas Act 1

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Arkansas Proposed Initiative Act No. 1 (2008) is an initiated state statute that was approved on November 4, 2008 election in Arkansas. This measure makes it illegal for any individuals cohabiting outside of a valid marriage to adopt or provide foster care to minors. While the measure was proposed primarily to prohibit same-sex couples from being adoptive or foster parents, this measure also applies to all otherwise qualified couples who are not legally married.[1]

On December 30, 2008, the ACLU filed suit in state court on behalf of 29 adults and children, challenging Act 1 as unconstitutional.[2]

On April 16, 2010, the law was overturned by Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza.[3] The ruling was upheld unanimously by the Arkansas Supreme Court on April 7, 2011.[4]

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Arkansas Proposed Initiative Act No. 1 (2008)[5]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 586,248 57.07%
No 440,945 42.93%
Invalid or blank votes 60,243 5.5%
Total votes 1,087,436 100.00%

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