Arguments scheduled for Arkansas adoption law

The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in an appeal over a state law that prohibits unmarried couples who live together from fostering or adopting children, reports the Associated Press.

The high court scheduled arguments for March 17 in the appeal filed by the state attorney general’s office, which is challenging a lower court’s ruling that the initiative is unconstitutional.

Initiated Act 1 was approved by voters in November 2008 and was challenged by unmarried couples who wished to adopt or foster children but were barred under the law. The law effectively bans gay couples who live together from fostering or adopting children because same-sex marriage is outlawed in Arkansas.

In 2006, the high court overturned a policy by state child welfare officials that blocked gays from serving as foster parents.

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