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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act

Bob Hester, Director of Arkansas Family Coalition: The Family Council Action Committee is sponsoring a proposed initiated act to be on the ballot in the fall that will prevent adoptive and foster care children from being placed in homes with individuals who are cohabiting with a sexual partner. This initiative would protect children from being adopted by homosexuals and would prevent foster children from being placed in homes of homosexuals as well as from being placed in the homes of cohabiting heterosexual couples. .

In order to place this initiated act on the Nov. 2008 General Election ballot, The Family Council Action Committee must gather over 100,000 petition signatures of Arkansas voters by July 1, 2008. The participation of everyone concerned about this issue is critical. Please check to see if your church is circulating these petitions and sign one. If they are not circulating them, check with your pastor to see if you can get them circulated in your church. This is perfectly legal for churches to do.

County coordinators are needed for the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act in the several counties. Coordinators are primarily responsible for recruiting volunteers to circulate petitions in churches by the end of April. We all also need to get as many signatures from our neighborhood, friends, and family as we can. Get More Info See also: Arkansas Has Become a Magnet for Surrogacy Parenting


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6 Comments:

Blogger Wade said...

How does a person get identified as a sexual parterner (i.e. not just a family member) who shares the same home?

What about all the homosexuals who are not living with somebody but wants to adopt? Can a gay person that lives alone adopt in that situation?

3/04/2008  
Blogger D. Barber said...

I hope everyone of the folks who voted for this ill-conceived act will get off their sanctimonious rear ends and become foster and/or adoptive parents. We are called by caseworkers all over the state, sometimes in the middle of the night, trying to find places for children. How can you be so cold to these little ones? You did not tell the citizens what a complex process foster/adoptive parents must go through to have their homes opened to children.
Tell me you are recruiting homes for these children.

11/04/2008  
Anonymous Roxanne P. from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada said...

Personally, I don't believe in God. But one thing I know for sure; if there was a God, he would see everyone as equal. No matter who or what you believe in, everyone has the right to be happy. For men and women alike, having children is something fulfilling and beautiful that everyone should have the right to do. Adopting a child is saving a child. I think there should be no discrimination against who can take care of children in need. There have been studies that show that there is NO direct correlation between having gay parents and being gay. I don't know what Americans are afraid of. Ooh, the big bad gays will swoop in and currupt your children? Give me a break!

11/05/2008  
Blogger Trevor said...

Wow, what does it matter if the adopting couple is gay, at least they will be providing for the kid. The only issue i see here is from society, kids picking on the adopted kid because his parents are gay, or people gay bashing the parents causing a drop in household integrity. Yes, they will lack a mother/father figure, but 66% of marriages end in a divorce anyway which could cause the same thing.

11/05/2008  
Blogger Jack said...

Um... is it just me, or are married couples not "cohabiting with a sexual partner"?

This is another example of the kind of dangerous nonsense put forward by people who equate being gay with being morally corrupt and being heterosexual and married with goodness and morality. There's plenty of evidence to the contrary in both cases.

11/09/2008  
Blogger Bill Smith said...

Jack,

Nice try -- but the reading in the Amendment was "cohabiting
with a sexual partner outside of a marriage which is valid under the constitution and laws of this state.

The majority of the voters agreed with this clear description as approved by the AR Attorney General.

You concluded that "There's plenty of evidence to the contrary in both cases." How about providing "plenty of evidence."

11/09/2008  

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