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Gay Utah Couple Ordered To Surrender Foster Child

Posted on: November 18, 2015


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About a year ago, Beckie Peirce and April Hoagland decided to get married in Utah. Just last June, gay marriage was legalized across the nation and confirmed that this was OK. Peirce and Hoagland then decided to take in a foster child, welcoming a 1-year-old girl into their home, where she joined the couple’s two biological children. The infant’s biological mother approved the plan for adoption and grew the family to five. For the last three months, Hoagland and Perice have raised their foster child like their own.

But on Wednesday, the couple is claiming that a Utah judge has ordered the girl to be removed from their home because they are lesbian women and that the child would be better off with heterosexual parents.

Hoagland believes the decision is “heartbreaking” as she told KUTV:

“I was kind of caught off guard because I didn’t think anything like that would happen anymore. It’s not fair, and it’s not right, and it hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong.”
Hoagland told KUTV that the judge, Judge Scott Johansen (a juvenile judge in Utah’s Seventh District), said “through his research he had found out that kids in homosexual homes don’t do as well as they do in heterosexual homes.” A copy of the court order by the judge was not immediately available and the judge refused to show the research on his claim.

The Human Rights Campaign also defended the couple’s disbelief:

“Removing a child from a loving home simply because the parents are LGBT is outrageous, shocking, and unjust. It also flies in the face of overwhelming evidence that children being raised by same-sex parents are just as healthy and well-adjusted as those with different-sex parents. At a time when so many children in foster care need loving homes, it is sickening to think that a child would be taken from caring parents who planned to adopt.”

Hoagland and Peirce are seeking an attorney to fight the judge’s decision.


1 Response to "Gay Utah Couple Ordered To Surrender Foster Child"

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