Utah judge orders child removed from homosexual foster parents’ home

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PRICE, UT - Outrage in Utah over a judge's decision to pull a child out of a home - not because of abuse or neglect, but because her foster parents are lesbians.

"He said through his research, he had found out kids in homosexual homes don't do as well as they do in heterosexual homes. When they asked to show his research, he would not," said April Hoagland, who because a licensed foster parent with her wife Beckie Peirce earlier this year.

In August, the couple took in a 1-year-old girl and were in the process of adopting the baby with the biological mother's blessing. However, on Wednesday, Judge Scott Johansen ordered the girl removed from the home.

The decision is one Utah's Division of Child and Family Services doesn't agree with, but managers say their hands are tied.

"On the one hand, I'm not going to expect my caseworkers to violate a court order. But on the other hand, I'm not going to expect my caseworkers to violate the law," said Brent Platt with Utah DCFS.

The ruling got the attention of the Human Rights Campaign, which said in a statement, "Removing a child from a loving home simply because the parents are LGBT is outrageous, shocking, and unjust"

About a dozen same-sex couple are caring for foster kids in Utah. As for the judge in this case, it seems like the only thing he's fostering is prejudice.

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