Judge Removes Infant Girl from Same-Sex Couple!

Earlier in the week, Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen had directed married foster parents Rebecca A. Peirce, 34, and April M. Hoagland, 38, to give up the baby girl they had raised for three of her nine months. According to the women, he said studies (which he did not identify) support the contention that children do better in households headed by heterosexual couples.

After an outcry ensued, the judge reversed course today, scheduling a hearing on December 4th to determine what is in the best interest of the child.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle had criticized the judge’s ruling. Utah Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, said the judge should not “inject his own personal beliefs and feelings in superseding the law.”

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