From our private database of 14,100+ case briefs...
Arkansas Department of Human Services v. Cole
Supreme Court of Arkansas
380 S.W.3d 429 (Ark. 2011)
Arkansas voters passed a ballot initiative known as the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act of 2008 (the Act) that prohibited unmarried, cohabiting sexual partners from adopting children. Sheila Cole and others (plaintiffs) brought suit, challenging the constitutionality of the Act. The Arkansas Department of Human Services and other state defendants (the state) (defendants) argued that the adoption of children was a privilege and not a fundamental right. The state also argued that striking down the Act would prevent the state from considering non-cohabitation agreements or orders in child custody, visitation, and neglect proceedings. The circuit court found that the Act was unconstitutional under the fundamental right to privacy implicit in the Arkansas Constitution. The state appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brown, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 217,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.