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.
On April 16, 2010, the law was overturned by Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza in the case Arkansas Department of Human Services v. Cole. The ruling was upheld unanimously by the Arkansas Supreme Court on April 7, 2011.
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- The initiative in full text
- Arkansas Unmarried Couple Adoption Ban (2008) ballotpedia.org
- Family Council (Supportive)
- Arkansas Families First (Opposition)
- Cole v. Arkansas - Case Profile (ACLU challenge to Act 1)
- The Money Behind the 2008 Same-Sex Partnership Ballot Measures - National Institute on Money in State Politics
- Attorney General OKs Second Gay Adoption Ban Times Record Online. Thursday, November 8, 2007
- Arkansas: Adoption Law is Challenged New York Times Online. December 31, 2008
- State judge overturns Ark. adoption ban law
- State Supreme Court strikes down adoption ban Archived 2012-03-11 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Statewide Results of Election (2008)".
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