- Associated Press - Thursday, April 7, 2011

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The ArkansasSupreme Court has upheld a decision to strike down a state law barring gay couples and other unmarried people living together from serving as adoptive or foster parents.

The state's high court wrote in an opinion Thursday that the law burdens the privacy of unmarried couples who live together.

A state judge struck down the law last April because he said it forced unmarried couples to choose between their relationships and becoming adoptive parents.

The attorney general later asked the Supreme Court to reverse that decision, arguing that fostering or adopting a child is not a constitutionally protected right.

Voters approved the measure in 2008 after the state Supreme Court, in 2006, overturned a Human Services Department policy preventing gays and lesbians from serving as foster parents.