LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A conservative group says it may ask Arkansas lawmakers to block the release of petition-signers’ personal information after a group posted the list of voters who had signed petitions to put adoption and foster parenting restrictions on last year’s ballot.
KnowThyNeighbor.org on April 28 posted a list of voters who signed petitions to put an initiated act banning unmarried couples from fostering or adopting children on the ballot. Voters approved the act, which took effect Jan. 1.
The Arkansas Family Council, which pushed for the act, complained that placing that list online violated the privacy of voters who signed petitions. The council says it will ask Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for an advisory opinion on whether the information can be released.
On the Web
Gay and Lesbian Times AP Article "Ark. group seeks to restrict petition information"
Arkansas Ballot Arkansas Unmarried Couple Adoption Ban (2008)
Opponents of Act 1 Center For Artistic Revolution
Proponent organization of ACT 1 Adoption Ban Family Action Council Committee
Publisher of signatures of Act a Signatures Know Thy Neighbor.org
Who signed the anti-gay adoption and foster care petition in Arkansas? Click Here to Find OUT! "NOTE: CAR DOES NOT advocate any derogatory actions based on the publication of the Act 1 petition signatures information. Our intention in publishing the list is to shine the light while promoting and furthering the dialog regarding equality in Arkansas."
By Kelli Busey
May 8, 2009