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Ark. Adoption Limits Unconstitutional

(CN) - An Arkansas law banning unmarried couples from adopting and fostering children is unconstitutional, an Arkansas court ruled.

Judge Christopher Piazza of the Pulaski County Circuit Court ruled that Arkansas Act 1 "did not serve the State's interest in determining what is in the best interest of the child."

The group of plaintiffs who launched the challenge to Arkansas Act 1 included:

- A grandmother who was barred from adopting her own grandchild;

- A lesbian couple who had fostered and adopted a special-needs child before Act 1 was passed and wanted to do so again; and

- Several married couples who sought to arrange for friends or relatives to adopt their children in the event that they die or become incapacitated.

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