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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state child welfare officials on Wednesday were reviewing a ruling by a juvenile court judge who ordered a baby to be taken from lesbian foster parents and instead placed with a heterosexual couple for the child’s well-being.

Judge Scott Johansen’s order Tuesday in the central Utah city of Price raised concerns at the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, agency spokeswoman Ashley Sumner said.

Its attorneys plan to review the decision and determine what options they have to possibly challenge the order.

The ruling came during a routine hearing for April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce. They are part of a group of same-sex married couples who were allowed to become foster parents in Utah after last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage legal across the country, Sumner said.

State officials don’t keep an exact count but estimate there are a dozen or more foster parents who are married same-sex couples.

Attempts to reach Hoagland and Peirce on Wednesday were unsuccessful, but the couple told KUTV ( that they are distraught after the ruling that calls for the baby girl they have been raising for three months to be taken away within a week.

They said Judge Johansen cited research that children do better when they are raised by heterosexual couples. Hoagland believes the judge actually imposed his religious beliefs.

“We are shattered,” she told the Salt Lake City TV station. “It hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong.”

Judge Johansen is precluded by judicial rules from discussing pending cases, Utah courts spokeswoman Nancy Volmer said.

A full transcript of his ruling has not been made public and may not be because court records of cases involving foster children are kept private to protect the kids, Sumner said.

Sumner said she can’t speak to specifics of the case but confirmed that the couple’s account of the ruling is accurate — the judge’s decision was based on the couple being lesbians. The agency isn’t aware of any other issues with their performance as foster parents.

The agency is tasked with trying to keep children with one family as long as the parents are providing adequate care.

All couples are screened before becoming foster parents.

“We just want sharing, loving families for these kids,” Sumner said. “We don’t really care what that looks like.”

The ruling triggered a heated response from the Human Rights Campaign. The gay rights group called the order shocking, outrageous and unjust.

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9 thoughts on “Order To Take Baby From Lesbian Foster Parents Under Review

  1. williaml on said:

    The Supreme Court has Illegally approved same sex marriage but that does Not make a same sex relationship a Stable Enviroment to raise a child.
    Homosexuality is still an Unnatural Perveted Lifestyle.

  2. Timothy Green on said:

    While I’m against all this same sex bullshit from what ive witnessed with alot of children raised in the foster care system, they need love & stability regardless of the orientation of the ones providing that, a kid could care less, once the individuals fulfill their needs… can’t believe ima semi-supporting them .. smh

  3. What did this couple expect-they are in Utah which is a MORMON state!!!!!
    I’m surprised that they were allowed to even adopt the child in Utah.

    Go find Gloria Allred and see if she will take their case pro bono!!!!

    I wish them luck. They should consider moving to another state that is more tolerant of them and their family!!!!!!

  4. Children have enough to deal with growing up without biological parents and peer pressure etc. They do not need to be raised in a disfunctional environment with people who are mentally ill.

  5. I have no problem with same sex couples. But when it come to raising kids etc I do have a problem with that they act like it’s okay. But it’s if that’s what you like keep it behind closed doors I don’t want my grand children seeing it nor thinking its okay to be that way. KEEP IT IN YOUR HOME….

    • Brnblesed on said:

      You can’t keep your grandchildren from seeing..same sex relationships are all over the place but in the same token we are all HUMAN and to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation is just as bad as discriminating against them because of their race….always screaming equal rights and to be treated fairly when you yourself are teaching your grands to dislike someone because they are different and love differently then what YOU think they should love. get off your high horse and judgmental ass and teach them to love the character of a person not their skin color or sexual preference

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