<center><h1><a href=http://www.aclu.org/LesbianGayRights/LesbianGayRights.cfm?ID=17243&c=100>Meanwhile, Deep in the Bible-belt...</a></h1></center> <blockquote><h2>Arkansas Anti-Gay Foster Care Ban Overturned</h2> December 29, 2004 LITTLE ROCK - - Finding that children <b>are not harmed by living with gay or lesbian parents</b>, an Arkansas court today struck down a state regulation that banned gay people and anyone living in a household with a gay adult from being foster parents in the state. The American Civil Liberties Union brought the lawsuit against the state in 1999 on behalf of three prospective foster parents. "Throughout this case, the state has relied on ugly stereotypes to deny children in the Arkansas foster care system the chance of having the widest possible pool of foster families available to them," said Rita Sklar, Executive Director of the ACLU of Arkansas. "Were very pleased that the court saw through these arguments and has recognized that <b>gay and lesbian people can provide homes just as loving and stable as anyone elses</b>."</blockquote> Who'd a thunk it. Deep in the bible-belt, in the little state of Arkansas, gay an lesbian folks can now provide foster care for kids abused by their straight parents. Gosh, they can find a loving, nurturing relationship with gay and lesbian couples, that they can't find in their own homes. Guess that shoots the stereo-type of the ignorant, homophobic bible-belter right in the ass...doncha think? Probably not. The same nasty stereotypes will be throw up by the same ugly minded folks who oppose the very concept of same-gender relationships. These sick sots need to clean their own houses and take stock of their own relationships before they even begin to worry about those of others.