Utah Judge Reportedly Reverses Decision to Take Baby Away From Lesbian Parents
A Utah family court judge drew significant ire on Tuesday after ordering a baby girl’s removal from the home of her lesbian foster parents, saying that children are best raised under the care of heterosexual couples. After citing widespread backlash, however, it seems that those plans have changed.
Judge Scott Johansen told April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce, a legally married couple, that a social worker would collect the girl they were hoping to adopt in the next few days. State law does not legally prevent married same-sex couples from being foster parents, but Johansen justified the ruling by citing studies that argued that children do better within heterosexual families.
Hoagland and Peirce both spoke with the media about how the decision left them “devastated,” and that they planned to file court challenges to rescind the order. In the midst of the backlash, the Associated Press reported on the release of a court order from Johansen today, saying that the child can stay with the couple.
Johansen never listed any specific research to back up his claims in the initial ruling, but the American Psychological Association has said there’s no scientific proof that couples are unfit parents based on sexual orientation.
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