Judge asked to rule now in unmarried adoption suit

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - A group challenging the Arkansas voter-approved law that bans fostering and adoption by unmarried couples says the act should be overturned because it does nothing but block children from being adopted into good homes.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Arkansas attorney general's office each made their arguments Thursday for why a judge should rule in their favor without having a trial. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said at the end of the 2.5-hour hearing at Little Rock that he would make a ruling before the scheduled May 10 trial date.

Voters approved the ban in 2008. The measure came to the ballot after the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2006 overturned a policy by state child welfare officials that blocked gays from being foster parents.

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