Former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Donald Corbin Dies

Dec 13, 2016

Donald Corbin, a former Arkansas legislator and state Supreme Court justice who wrote rulings striking down a ban on gay foster parents and a law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, has died. He was 78.

Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs says Corbin died Monday night after battling lung cancer. Corbin was first elected to the state Supreme Court in 1990 and served three eight-year terms before retiring at the end of 2014. He had previously served in Arkansas' House of Representatives and on the state appeals court.

Corbin wrote the court's opinion in 2006 striking down a state regulation banning gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents. He also wrote the court's 2014 opinion finding Arkansas' voter ID law unconstitutional.