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Foster parents say child is being taken away because they are gay

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PRICE, Utah – A lesbian couple is fighting to get a 1-year-old foster child back after a judge decided that she would be better off with a heterosexual couple.

April Hoagland and Beckie Pierce are legally married and reside in Carbon County, Utah.

Earlier this year, the couple was approved to become foster parents.

They say a 1-year-old little girl was placed with them three months ago.

However, Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen ordered that the child should be taken back, adding that it is better for her “well-being” to be with a heterosexual couple.

The women told KUTV that they underwent home inspections, background checks and interviews in order to be approved.

While in court, they say that didn’t matter.

Instead, they say a judge told them there was research that indicated children who are raised in same-sex parent homes do not do as well as children who are raised by heterosexual parents.

“We are shattered,” said Hoagland. “It hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong.”

In fact, the couple says they were getting ready to adopt the little girl as part of their family.

According to KUTV, even the child’s biological mother wanted the child to stay with her foster mothers.

Now, the child’s biological mother and the couple are fighting the judge’s order.