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Arkansas judge overturns 2008 initiative that banned unmarried couples from adopting

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April 16, 2010

PULASKI COUNTY, Arkansas: On Friday, April 16, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza determined that 2008's Initiative 1, the Ban on Unmarried Couples Adopting, infringes on the right of privacy, and overturned it.[1]

In his decision, Piazza wrote, ""Due process and equal protection are not hollow words without substance. They are rights enumerated in our constitution that must not be construed in such a way as to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people."

Supporters of Initiative 1 vowed to appeal the decision to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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