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Utah judge reverses decision to remove child from foster parents because they are lesbians

Utah judge reverses decision to remove child from foster parents because they are lesbians

Judge Scott Johansen has apparently changed his mind.

The Utah judge, widely criticized for ordering the Department of Child and Family Services to remove a child from the home of  April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce because they are lesbians, has vacated his controversial order.

Carbon County 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 had cited studies suggesting children are better off in straight households.

His decision caused outrage and among those critical of it were Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.

‘Being a good parent has nothing to do with sexual orientation,’ Clinton tweeted this week. ‘Thousands of families prove that.’

Utah Governor Gary Herbert was also critical of the judge.

‘We don’t want to have activism on the bench in any way, shape or form,’ Herbert said this week. ‘Laws, sometimes people don’t like, but the judge should not interject his own personal beliefs and feelings and supersede the law.’

H/T: New Civil Rights Movement