Controversial Judge Orders Baby Removed from Same-Sex Parents and Placed with Heterosexual Family

by Jen Hayden – April Hoagland and Beckie Pierce have been fostering a Utah infant for three months. With the approval of the infant’s biological mother and a recommendation of the foster care caseworker, they were seeking to permanently adopt the child. Instead, a Utah judge ordered the baby removed from their home and placed in a home with heterosexual parents: The women, who are legally married and were approved as foster parents in Utah earlier this year after passing home inspections, background checks and interviews from DCFS, said the judge told them there was a lot of research that indicated children who are raised in same-sex parent homes do not do as well as children who are raised by heterosexual parents. “It hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong,” said April. Worse yet, when Judge Scott Johansen was asked in court to share the studies he was referencing, he refused: Attorney...

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