An ill-informed judge in Utah has taken a baby girl from her foster parents simply because they are lesbians. This is incredible ignorance and seems to me to be in defiance of the passage of same-sex marriage granted by the Supreme Court earlier this year (2015)
April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce of Carbon County are married with two children, and hoped to adopt a the one-year-old girl they had been fostering for three months. Now, the very unselfish act of adoption should speak to their character.
The Misuse of Power
Judge Scott Johansen on Wednesday (11 November, 2015) ordered the Department of Child and Family Services to remove the child from their care within seven days. Can you imagine the anguish of this child being removed from loving parents? Perhaps, she already knows that she is a candidate for adoption. Think of the trauma and humiliation of the lesbian couple.
The Judge and his Studies?
Johansen cited studies suggesting children are better off in straight households, but Hoagland and Beckie feel the judge imposed his religious beliefs on them. It’s hard to imagine the judge would have any accurate research showing children are worse off with same-sex parents. Major medical and psychological organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association, have concluded there’s NO scientific basis for same-sex couples are less capable parents than straight couples, or that their children are less psychologically healthy and well-adjusted. According to KUTV, the couple is legally married, want to adopt the baby and plan to appeal the decision. The biological mother of the child reportedly has said she wants the child to remain with the same-sex couple. –
Media Involved – as It Should
‘We are shattered,’ Hoagland told KUTV. (television station) ‘It hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong.’
‘He’s never been in our home, never spent time with the child in our home or our other children so he doesn’t know anything about this,’ Peirce added.
The Human Rights Campaign noted the prevailing professional consensus is that the sexual orientation of parents has nothing to do with their ability to be good parents.
‘Removing a child from a loving home simply because the parents are LGBT is outrageous, shocking, and unjust,’ said the group’s president, Chad Griffin, in a statement.
‘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.’
paula: This judge is similar to the Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson. Both men are experts in their field, but dismally ignorant of sexual orientation. Both men are homophobic and their bigotry stems from right-wing Christian fundamentalist teachings. The judge will be judged and found guilty! It’s disgusting to hurt a child and parents based on a religion that is based on love.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert is critical of a judge who this week took a baby girl from her foster parents simply because they are lesbians.
‘I’m a little puzzled by the action down there personally,’ Herbert told reporters on Thursday (12 November).
‘I expect the court and the judge to follow the law. He may not like the law, but he should follow the law. We don’t want to have activism on the bench in any way, shape or form. Laws, sometimes people don’t like, but the judge should not interject his own personal beliefs and feelings and supersede the law.’
Judge Scott Johansen ordered the Department of Child and Family Services to remove the child from the home of Carbon County couple April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce within seven days..
The couple are married with two children and hoped to adopt the one-year-old girl who they had been fostering for three months.
The judge cited studies suggesting children are better off in straight households.
The Human Rights Campaign has noted the prevailing professional consensus is that the sexual orientation of parents has nothing to do with their ability to be good parents.