A judge in Utah ordered a foster child removed from the home of two lesbians, citing research to say heterosexuals provide a healthier environment.
The Washington Post reported the order from Judge Scott Johansen, who works in Utah’s Seventh District, was not available, but the Salt Lake Tribune confirmed the contents.
“I was caught off guard,” said April Hoagland, who had married her lesbian partner Beckie Peirce in 2014 because of the Supreme Court’s decision and shortly after, brought the girl, 1, into their home. The child’s been with them for three months.
They planned to adopt and raise the girl along with their other two biological children born to each of the women, ages 12 and 14, the Peacock Panache reported. But Johansen ordered the child removed, and Hoagland said the news was “heartbreaking,” the Washington Post reported.
“It’s not fair, and it’s not right,” she told KUTV. “It hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong.”
She told KUTV the judge said “through his research he had found out that kids in homosexual homes don’t do as well as they do in heterosexual homes.”
She also said the judge declined to share his research and that “it’s a religious belief” that he instead relied on to make his decision, the news outlet said.
The couple is seeking to appeal the decision.