Denounce Judge Who Took Foster Child From Same-Sex Couple

Target: Judge Scott Johansen

Goal: Reverse the discriminatory decision that took a same-sex couple’s foster child away.

A Utah judge ruled that a lesbian couple must have their foster baby taken away from them because he thinks same-sex couples are not fit to be parents. He ordered the baby, which they had raised for three months, to be removed from the home so that the child can be put in a foster home with heterosexual parents. Johansen used numerous studies that claim same-sex couples are not fit to be parents in making his decision.

Despite the fact that April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce are married, have been approved to be foster parents, are already raising Peirce’s two biological children, and the baby’s birth mother’s wishes for the child to remain with Peirce and Hoagland, Judge Johansen discriminated against them and took away a child they cared deeply about because of the homophobic literature he read.

According to Think Progress, the stories compiled from these biased and untruthful studies are “severe outliers. In fact, so many studies have confirmed that same-sex couples make good—if not better—parents that the research community had already achieved consensus on this point decades ago.” Sign this petition to protest the discrimination against a same-sex couple who just wanted to give a child the love she deserves.


Dear Judge Scott Johansen,

I am writing this letter in response to your recent ruling that took away a foster child from couple simply because they are not a heterosexual couple. The foster parents are married, passed background checks and interviews, are parents already, and the birth mother wishes to see her daughter stay with the couple. Yet despite all of this information, you deemed Hoagland and Peirce unfit to be foster parents. It is a horrifying act to rip a family apart and disregard the birth mother’s wishes because of discriminatory reasons.

You claim that there was a “myriad” of studies that show that a child should not be raised by same-sex couples. However, many studies confirm that same-sex couples make excellent parents–possibly even better than heterosexual couples. Sadly, we live in a world where couples are still discriminated against for simply for being gay. Unfortunately, your ruling is symbolic of the prejudice and homophobia that same-sex couples face everyday. I demand that you conduct unbiased research into the matter and reverse your ruling that tore this family apart.


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