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The culture wars go through Arkansas this fall, as the Associated Press reports:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A proposal aimed at effectively banning gays and lesbians from becoming foster or adoptive parents was cleared Monday to appear on this fall's ballot in Arkansas.
The measure would prohibit unmarried couples living together from fostering or adopting children, and Arkansas doesn't allow gays to marry or recognize gay marriages conducted elsewhere.
Ballot measures are often unpredictable, which is what makes them interesting -- and maddening. This proposal is a great example of that.
In 2004, Arkansas approved a gay marriage ban with 75% of the vote. So, the vast majority of Arkansans oppose gay rights. This measure will pass easily, right?
Maybe not. Mike Beebe, Arkansas' popular governor, is opposed, as are state associations of social workers and pediatricians. The ban would affect unmarried straight couples in addition to gay couples, which has to complicate matters a little bit.
I could see this proposal passing overwhelmingly, losing overwhelmingly or, of course, anything in between. That's my bold prediction for the day.
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