News Utah Judge Removes Baby From Lesbian Foster Parents

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  1. BethSucks

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    Utah judge removes child from lesbian foster parents
    SALT LAKE CITY -- 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 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.

    Hoagland and Peirce told CBS affiliate 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 station. "It hurts me really badly because I haven't done anything wrong."

    The women, who are legally married, were approved after passing home inspections, background checks and interviews with the DCFS. They hope to adopt the baby and have the support of the child's biological mother.

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

    DCFS director Brent Platt told KUTV the state does not track the number of same-sex couples who are fostering children but the state needs as many couples as possible to help raise the state's 2,600 children now in foster care.

    "Any loving couple if they are legally married, and meet the requirements, we want them to be involved," he said.

    Deborah Lindner, a spokesperson for the Utah Foster Care Foundation, which trains foster parents for DCFS, said that agency doesn't keep track of the number of same-sex couples who are fostering children but said a rough estimate is about 20 couples.

    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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    I'm wondering why the placement was called into question in the first place --Ultimately, they should file for an adoption with the mother's consent --should be in a different court
     
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    religion poisons everything
     
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    Yes. Yes it does.
     
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    It says "routine hearing" in the article, probably some odd Utah rule.
     
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    "They hope to adopt the baby and have the support of the child's biological mother."

    Um, what the fuck, judge?!?
     
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    here's some moron judge putting his own archaic beliefs ahead of the welfare of children who have had some really fucked up lives

    it's really quite evil
     
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    ...so the judge thought it might not be in a little girls best interest to have a pair of lesbian parents and people are outraged. thats interesting. its 10:01 a.m. and i cant tell you what a fit im about to throw!
     
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    that is strange because utah loves multiple moms
     
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    ...im just glad that gay people have opened themselves up to the same shit that straight people have to deal with in "family court". congratulations cocksuckers. :haha:
     
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    Don't know about Utah, but here in Michigan the child in foster care is reviewed by a judge every 3 months. Sounds very much like this judge took it upon himself to answer to a complaint that wasn't made. The agency already passed this couple and place a child in their home. He saw they were lesbians and decided to act solely based upon that.
     
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    Bunch of fucking freaks in Utah
     
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    not outraged. but i think its wrong, dumb, and antiquated thinking
     
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    I just watched that Showtime doc about Warren Jeffs. What a sick, fucking freak.
     
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    These lesbians...good

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    These lesbians...not good

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    ...wait until the child psychologists start filing reports. i think those 2 women are going to play hell trying to get this kid back but i think shes gone.