A Utah judge has ordered that a child be removed from it’s foster parents, just because they’re lesbians. According to him, this is because “children do better in heterosexual homes.”
Too bad he didn’t cite his sources for this ludicrous claim, instead he vaguely referred to a “myriad” of studies and ordered the child be removed within seven days.
The couple, April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce were understandably distraught by this, and felt that the judge was imposing his religious beliefs upon them.
When speaking to KUTV, April said: “We are shattered. It hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong.”
Beckie also spoke about this, saying: “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.”
This judge does certainly seem like he is imposing his personal beliefs on a loving couple, as according to KUTV, the couple had passed home inspections, background checks and interviews with officials from the Utah Division of Child and Family Services agency, and they even received the full support of the child’s biological mother.
But apparently, this judge knows better than the child’s biological mother.
DCFS officials have said that they will have to comply with the order for now, but a spokesperson said that its lawyers will be reviewing the situation and determine what options they have to challenge the order.
As well as this, according to Brent Platt, director of the DCFS, there is actually a risk that his caseworkers would be breaking anti-discrimination laws if they comply with the order.
“For us, it’s what’s best for the child.” he said. “Any loving couple if they are legally married, and meet the requirements, we want them to be involved.”
This case has even drawn the attention and support of people such as Hillary Clinton, as well as officials from the Human Rights Campaign. HRC’s president, Chad Griffin, had this to say: “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.”