ACLU challenges Nebraska ban on gay and lesbian foster parents Cynthia Miley at 1:47 PM ET
[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [press release] on Tuesday challenging a Nebraska policy banning gay and lesbian people from becoming foster parents. The complaint [text, PDF] was filed at a state court in Lincoln on behalf of three same-sex couples who claim the policy violates their right to equal protection [Cornell LII backgrounder] rights. The ban also prohibits gay and lesbian individuals from becoming adoptive parents, since the Nebraska policy requires an adoptive parent to first be licensed as a foster parent. The ACLU stated:
Every major children's health and welfare professional groupincluding the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association and the Child Welfare League of Americarecognizes that over 25 years of scientific research shows that parents' sexual orientation has no relevance to parenting ability or the well-being of children.
There are currently more than 3,800 children in Nebraska's foster care system.
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