Saturday, April 17, 2010

Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Oppressive Adoption Ban

It's hard to keep up with all the oppressive laws in red states. Banning adoptions and foster parenting by gays and lesbians? They can't even get away with that here in the red state of Tennessee, though Republicans threaten it every year. Thanks to one lone judge -- Judge Piazza (read his ruling) -- the red state of Arkansas just took a step out of the very dark (conservative) ages:

LITTLE ROCK — A circuit judge Friday struck down a state law banning unmarried couples from adopting and serving as foster parents. . Piazza sided with the ACLU in its argument that the ban reduced the pool of potential adoptive and foster parents to the point where many children could go without homes. . The state had argued children are better off raised in traditional family settings, with married parents, and that the law should be upheld because it protects children from abuse and neglect.