The Arkansas High Court agreed with a lower court judge, on his ruling that “the state’s child welfare board had improperly tried to regulate public morality.”
Arkansas cannot ban homosexuals from becoming foster parents because there is no link between their sexual orientation and a child’s well-being, the state’s high court ruled Thursday.
The court agreed with a lower court judge that the state’s child welfare board had improperly tried to regulate public morality. The ban also violated the separation of powers doctrine, the justices said.
The board instituted the ban in 1999, saying children should be in traditional two-parent homes because they would be more likely to thrive.
Associate Justice Donald Corbin wrote in the opinion:
“There is no correlation between the health, welfare and safety of foster children and the blanket exclusion of any individual who is a homosexual or who resides in a household with a homosexual,”
Court rebuke’s state agency:
In addition, the court said, the testimony of a Child Welfare Agency Review Board member demonstrated that “the driving force between adoption of the regulations was not to promote the health, safety and welfare of foster children but rather based upon the board’s views of morality and its bias against homosexuals.”
The court also said that being raised by homosexuals doesn’t cause academic problems or gender identity problems, as the state had argued.
I fully believe that Arkansas can expect those lunatics from Westboro Baptist Church now. That is if they are not too busy protesting the funerals of our fallen soldiers!