April 16, 2010
A law banning gay couples and unmarried people to adopt or foster children was overturned last Friday, according to an article by the Associated Press.
"Due process and equal protection are not hollow words without substance," said Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza in an interview with the Associated Press. "They are rights enumerated in our constitution that must not be construed in such a way as to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people.
Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, a group of families fought to overturn the law and raise the ban, on the basis that not enough children are adopted or fostered in Arkansas, which has an average of 1,600 children on the list waiting to be adopted, according to the article.
Jerry Cox, leader of the Arkansas Family Council, said he will appeal the decision in the Arkansas Supreme Court.