Sunday, February 19, 2006

Missouri Trial Court Rules State may Not Deny Foster Parent Licensure Because of Sexual Orientation

A Missouri Circuit Court ruled Friday in Lisa Johnston v. Missouri Department of Social Services that Missouri’s actions were “arbitrary and unreasonable” when it denied a foster parent licensure request based upon sexual orientation. The state had argued that while no one disputed that Lisa Johnston was well qualified, she lacked “reputable character” because her sexual relationship with another woman broke state law. Therefore, the state denied the license. However, Jackson County Judge Sandra Midkiff ruled that Missouri’s law against same-sex sodomy between consenting adults is unenforceable, citing Lawrence v. Texas.   The state plans to appeal the ruling. Source:  Joe Lambe, John Shultz, Kansas City Star, kansascity.com. Please click here for the complete story (last visited February 19, 2006, reo).

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