Ballot Initiative Resubmitted on Adoption, Foster Limits

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would exclude unmarried couples from adoptions or foster care submitted a revised version yesterday.

The wording of an earlier version was accepted by the state attorney general's office.  The new version of the proposed initiated act would declare married couples the best guardians for Arkansas children.

The conservative Family Council group submitted the revised ballot proposal, along with a new popular name.  Attorney General Dustin McDaniel had certified the group's original proposal, and cleared the way for supporters to collect voter signatures.

Family Council director Jerry Cox says the revised proposal is better than the first version.

McDaniel last week certified language for the initiated act, clearing the way for the council to gather the 62,000 signatures necessary to put the act on the ballot.  But McDaniel said in a statement days later that he personally opposed the measure.  Governor Beebe also said he opposes the measure because of the adoption restrictions.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)