Partial victory for anti-adoption group | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Partial victory for anti-adoption group

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 2:56 PM

The group that wants to make adoption and foster parenting in Arkansas more difficult (and punish gay people in the process) has announced that it has enough signatures to qualify for an extension in signature gathering for its proposed initiated act.

This is to say that, with almost 62,000 signatures needed, the group has obtained that many, but knows that many will be disallowed, either as improperly gathered or not those of registered voters. Every signature must be individually witnessed. A petition can't be left in a church vestibule for unmonitored signatures, for example.

Petitioners were out in force in churches Sunday. Some pastors, such as at Little Rock's predominantly black and powerful St. Mark's Baptist, urged people in the audience to sign up.

I anticipate a vigorous review of the signatures.

Release on the jump.


We'll qualify for extended deadline to collect more valid signatures 
We’re almost there, but we still don’t quite have enough VALID signatures to place the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act on the ballot. We’ve gathered a little over 62,000 signatures, but that won’t be enough once the Secretary of State checks them. The good news is that we have now earned the right to continue gathering petition signatures until around August 12th. ("Valid" means currently registered Arkansas voter).

As you may know, we need at least 61,974 valid signatures of Arkansas voters in order to place the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act on the ballot this November. The key is the signatures must be verified and ruled valid by the Secretary of State.

Even though we’ve gathered a little over the required 61,974 signatures, we can expect the Secretary of State to disqualify about 10,000 – 15,000 of those signatures. But, because we’ve reached that minimum number of signatures, we now have earned the right to continue gathering signatures during a supplemental filing period that will end around August 12th. The filing period ends 30 days after the Secretary of State finishes checking the petitions we turn in on July 7th. As soon as our petitions are checked by the Secretary of State, he will give us a firm deadline for turning in our final round of signatures.

This means our petition drive is going into overtime. We’re going to continue gathering signatures until we gather enough to qualify the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act for the November ballot. But, one way or the other, this petition drive will end at the close of the supplemental filing period around August 12th.

Please do three things:

1. Mail any petitions you already have before July 4th. This way we will have them before the July 7th deadline.

2. Don’t stop gathering signatures. Continue gathering signatures now for the supplemental filing period and plan on sending those signatures in by around August 12th. You can download the petition at:

3. Tell your friends not to throw their petitions away. Signatures gathered before the July 7th deadline can be filed during the supplemental filing period.

Response from churches has improved considerably. This petition drive has momentum, and I believe, by God’s grace and with lots of hard work, we’re going to put this measure on the ballot and see it passed in November.

We’ve worked too hard to stop now. Please continue to help us complete this task and win this battle. Call us if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do for you. 

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (15)

Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Marking 60 years since the school crisis. Praise for the Nine and calls to action.

    The 60th anniversary of desegregation of Little Rock Central High School was lavishly recalled this morning with a ceremony featuring the eight surviving members of the Little Rock Nine, former President Bill Clinton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Mayor Mark Stodola and many other speakers.
    • Sep 25, 2017
  • Security tightens at Little Rock airport

    Security procedures will tighten at Clinton National Airport this week as the Transportation Security Administration requires separate screening of all electronic devices larger than a cell phone.
    • Sep 25, 2017
  • Central High at 60: Seize the day mayor. Stand up for LR schools.

    The conversion of a national debate on race is an apt commentary for the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock school crisis and the city's effort to sell it as an occasion to laud progress. Progress would be someone talking about the elephant in the room — the white establishment's takeover of the majority black Little Rock School District.
    • Sep 25, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • In Little Rock, Marco Rubio sells American exceptionalism

    This is Rubio's axiomatic answer to Donald Trump's insistence that he and he alone will Make America Great Again: America is the greatest, always has been.
    • Feb 22, 2016
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation