This is wonderful news!
We are SO happy to report that Arkansas' high court has struck down the state's law (Act 1) that barred same-sex couples from adopting children.
Here's what the court had to say about the law:
"Act 1 directly and substantially burdens the privacy rights of 'opposite-sex and same-sex individuals' who engage in private, consensual sexual conduct in the bedroom by foreclosing their eligibility to foster or adopt children, should they choose to cohabit with their sexual partner. The pressure on such couples to live apart, should they wish to foster or adopt children, is clearly significant."
And here's what the court had to say about the case of Sheila Cole, who was initially unable to adopt her own granddaughter due to her lifestyle choise:
"[Cole] can either give up her fundamental right to sexual intimacy in her home free from investigation by the State into her sexual practices in order to adopt or foster or forego the privilege of having children by adoption or fostering. We hold that the burden inflicted on her is direct and substantial."
Here's what Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese had to say about the court's decision:
"The Arkansas Supreme Court has removed a discriminatory barrier for loving gay and lesbian couples who, child welfare experts agree, are equally able parents. Too many children are in need of a loving home and the court has rightfully put their interests ahead of discrimination."
We couldn't agree more! Thanks for taking another major step in the right direction, Arkansas!
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!