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A juvenile court judge in Utah ordered a baby to be taken from lesbian foster parents and placed with a heterosexual couple, saying the transfer was for the child’s well-being.

“We are shattered,” one of the gay women told a Salt Lake City TV station. “It hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong.”

The Guardian reports:

Judge Scott Johansen’s order on Tuesday raised concerns at the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, said agency spokeswoman Ashley Sumner.

Its attorneys plan to review the decision and determine what options they have to challenge the order.

The ruling came during a routine hearing for April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce. They are part of a group of same-sex married couples who were allowed to become foster parents in Utah after a US supreme court ruling made gay marriage legal across the country, Sumner said.

State officials estimate there are a dozen or more foster parents who are married same-sex couples.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.


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