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November 16, 2015
Last week a Utah judge ordered a foster child removed from the home of a lesbian couple and placed "with a duly married, heterosexual foster-adoptive couple within one week." According to CNN, Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen "wrote initially that it was not in the best interest of children to be raised by same sex couples, citing 'belief that research has shown that children are more emotionally and mentally stable when raised by a mother and father in the same home . . . '"
The couple, Beckie Peirce and April Hoagland, have been legally married for a year and are approved foster parents.
Not surprisingly, there was widespread criticism of the judge's order, including a call by the nation's most prominent LGBT civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, for an investigation.
Also not surprisingly, the order has already been rescinded. In his amended order the judge removed the sentence referring to the best interest of children, and replaced the word "belief" with "concern." Court documents indicate that the baby will stay with the lesbian couple for now, with future hearings to come.
As CNN's political analyst, Paul Callan, put it, "The judge is clearly reacting to adverse publicity and critical comments regarding his controversial previous ruling."
There is considerable evidence, in fact, that children raised by same-sex couples fare significantly worse on a number of outcomes.
Sadly, what's best for children is often trumped by the desires of adults, to say nothing of political correctness.
• Mark Regnerus, an author and associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas, studied outcomes for children raised by same-sex couples. Despite the rigor of his research and the fact that its publication was peer-reviewed, he was widely condemned. Read Salvo's interview with Regnerus here.
• Read more about the impact of non-traditional family structures for children in "Family Skewed: When the Needs of Children Are Secondary to the Desires of Adults, Guess Who Keeps Losing?"
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