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Judge amends order, allows lesbian couple to keep foster child

By WITW Staff on November 13, 2015

A Utah judge has reversed his own order made earlier this week to remove a foster child from the care of a married same-sex couple because of their sexual orientation, according to state officials.

Judge Scott N. Johansen of Juvenile Court on Tuesday issued an order saying the child, a 9-month-old girl, had to be removed from the home of the lesbian couple and placed with a heterosexual couple. The foster parents, April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce, and the state Division of Child and Family Services, both filed motions asking the judge to reconsider
Johansen has since removed a line from the judgment stating “it is not in the best interest of children to be raised by same-sex couple,” and the reference to placing the child with a heterosexual couple, however it retains the wording: “The court cited a concern that research has shown that children are more emotional and mentally stable when raised by a mother and father in the same home.”

A hearing is scheduled for December 4 on the best interests of the child.

Read the full story at the The New York Times.


Utah judge removes baby from lesbian foster parents