Oh, what a difference three days can make! Judge Scott Johansen signed an order today vacating an order that he signed on Tuesday removing a nine-month-old baby from the home of foster parents April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce, a married same-sex couple who live in Price, Utah. His first order rescinded an earlier decision by the Utah Division of Child and Family Services to place the child in their home.
Unlike Judge Johansen, who based his initial decision on his prejudice against homosexuals ‘confirmed’ a flawed study which concluded that children do better when they are raised by heterosexual parents, the Utah Division of Child and Family Services based its decision on the suitability of the home as well as the qualifications and child-raising experience of the two women. Each has a child from their previous marriages whom they are raising together. The outcome-driven study upon which Judge Johansen relied has been criticized by the American Psychological Association because there is no scientific basis to support a belief that gay couples are unfit parents based on sexual orientation.
I have zero respect for Judge Johansen and any other judge, politician or person who disregards the results of evidence-based analysis that reach conclusions with which they disagree.