The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arkansas appeared before the Arkansas Supreme Court today to defend a lower court's ruling striking down a law that bans any unmarried person who lives with a partner, including those in same-sex relationships, from serving as an adoptive or foster parent. In April, the Pulaski County Circuit Court found that the law, known as Act 1, did not serve the state's interest in determining what is best for children. The state of Arkansas appealed the circuit court's ruling.
"There are over 1600 children in the state of Arkansas who need a permanent family. This law bars qualified couples from providing these children a loving home," said Rita Sklar, Executive Director for the ACLU of Arkansas. "For the sake of Arkansas' children, the court should let the ruling stand and end this discriminatory ban."
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