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ACLU files suit over Ark. adoption law

December 31, 2008
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than a dozen families filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging a new Arkansas law that bans unmarried couples that live together from becoming foster or adoptive parents.

The Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court seeking to overturn Act 1, which was approved by voters in the general election.

"Act 1 violates the state's legal duty to place the best interest of children above all else," said Marie-Bernarde Miller, a Little Rock attorney, in the lawsuit.

The families contend that the act's language was misleading to voters and that it violates their constitutional rights.

The Arkansas Family Council, a group that campaigned for the ban, said the law was aimed at gay couples but will affect heterosexuals and homosexuals equally.

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