I’ve been trying to think how to respond to this, another outcome from the elections. In Arkansas, the voters approved an initiative that bans people who are ‘cohabiting outside a valid marriage’ from adopting children or serving as foster parents. So, with 3700 children in state custody in the State of Arkansas, there is now a smaller pool of qualified foster parents. No matter how you look at this, the children are the losers here.
In addition to our efforts to protest the bans on same-sex marriage around the country, we must remain aware and prepared for initiatives/propositions/measures similar to this in Arkansas to be on the agenda around the country in 2010. I know in Oregon, there are groups actively working to overturn the laws that give EVERYONE in Oregon equal rights (short of marriage, of course). These ‘pro-family’ groups are determined to designate the members of the LGBT community as second-class citizens.
Dan Savage wrote a very good Op-Ed in the New York Times where he says most of what I would say about the initiative that was approved in Arkansas.