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Utah judge takes baby away from lesbian foster parents

Utah judge takes baby away from lesbian foster parents

A Utah juvenile court judge has ordered a baby taken away from a lesbian couple and placed with a heterosexual couple for the child's well-being, and child welfare officials say they are trying to determine whether they can challenge that order.

Judge Scott Johansen's order Tuesday in the central Utah city of Price raised concern at the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, agency spokeswoman Ashley Sumner said Wednesday.

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

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