Time’s up

Hatefulness in Utah:

A judge in the US state of Utah has ordered that a foster child be removed from the care of a lesbian couple, and placed with a heterosexual family.

The Utah Division of Child and Family Services is searching for ways to challenge to Tuesday’s decision.

Without a challenge, the child will be removed from April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce’s care within a week.

The decision, made by Judge Scott Johansen in the town of Price, has been criticised by gay rights groups.

The judge wants the child removed because the foster parents are a lesbian couple. Not because they’re bad foster parents, but because they’re not straight.

The decision to remove the child that the lesbian couple had been raising for three months, has drawn heavy criticism from gay rights groups.

“Removing a child from a loving home simply because the parents are LGBT is outrageous, shocking, and unjust,” said president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin. “All major studies on the matter show that parents’ sexual orientation is not related to a child’s mental health and social development.”

It’s a terrible thing to do. Assuming the couple are good and affectionate foster parents, it’s a terrible thing to do. Children need security, and foster children have the least security of any children.

The foster agency has said that it is unaware of any issues with Ms Hoagland and Ms Peirce’s performance as foster parents.

The agency’s attorneys are now reviewing the decision to see what challenges might be mounted.

“We just want sharing, loving families for these kids,” Sumner said. “We don’t really care what that looks like.”

The agency is tasked with keeping children in one foster home for as long as possible, on the condition that the parents – who are all screened before becoming foster parents – are providing adequate care.

As long as possible, because going from one to another to another is awful for children.

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