Alessandra Soler: Gov. Ducey right to end misguided adoption policy

The ACLU of Arizona applauds Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to reverse a misguided Department of Child Safety policy instituted in February that prohibited joint foster parenting and adoption by married same-sex couples.
When we learned about this unconstitutional foster care and adoption policy in February, we immediately called on the Department of Child Safety and the Attorney General’s Office to go back to allowing married same-sex couples to be joint foster and adoptive parents. For months, they did nothing to fix their discriminatory policies.
The ACLU and families across Arizona are grateful that Gov. Ducey took swift action to remedy this problem as soon as he heard about it. The Department of Child Safety was preventing children in foster care from being placed with loving parents at a time when Arizona’s child welfare system is in crisis. Gov. Ducey’s unapologetically pro-adoption stance is in the best interest of Arizona children and serves to advance the U.S. Constitution’s equal protections principles.
The letter the ACLU of Arizona sent to Department of Child Safety head Greg McKay and Attorney General Mark Brnovich in February is available at
Gov. Ducey’s announcement, however, does not alter the ACLU of Arizona’s plans to sue the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for turning away same-sex married couples seeking no-cost adoption assistance.
Alessandra Soler
Executive director
ACLU of Arizona

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