The lawsuit claims that Act 1 violates federal and state constitutional rights to equal treatment and due process under the law, specifically for the 29 adults and children named in the case. The ACLU has spent the last few weeks looking for “families affected by new statewide parenting ban” imploring them to contact their office so that they could help defend their rights. In a December 8 press release, Rita Sklar said, “We’ve already heard from many people who are frightened and worried about how Act 1 might hurt their families, and we want to hear from more.”
The lawsuit names the state of
The case is set to go before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Timothy Fox. This is not the first time Judge Fox has ruled on such a case. In 2005, Judge Fox struck down the
In spite of this, Jerry Cox with Family Council of Arkansas, the group that sponsored Act 1, told the Arkansas News Bureau that he is “confident this lawsuit will fail and Act 1 will remain on the books.” He added, “That’s why we took extreme care in crafting the language in such a way that it could stand up against any legal challenge.” Cox went on to say that he plans seek the courts permission to intervene in the case. Good idea!