World

Utah judge reverses order to remove baby from lesbian foster parents

A Utah judge has reversed a decision to take a baby away from her lesbian foster parents and place her with a heterosexual couple after widespread backlash.
Foster parents April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce are seen here in this Wednesday photo in Salt Lake City. The judge who ordered that a baby be taken away from Hoagland and Peirce, her lesbian foster parents, and be placed with a heterosexual couple has reversed that decision. (Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

A Utah judge has reversed a decision to take a baby away from her lesbian foster parents and place her with a heterosexual couple after widespread backlash.

Court officials on Friday released an order signed by Judge Scott Johansen that will allow the 9-month-old baby to stay with April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce.

It comes after Johansen said in court Tuesday that the baby would be removed from the couple's home. Utah officials and the couple filed court challenges demanding the judge rescind the order.

In his first decision, Johansen cited research that shows children do better when raised by heterosexual families. However, the American Psychological Association has said there's no scientific basis that gay couples are unfit parents based on sexual orientation.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.