Salt Lake City, Utah- In what can only be described as a firestorm of criticism leveled at him and his state after his vicious and bigoted court order on November 11th which removed a 9-month old baby girl from her Lesbian foster parents home, conservative Utah Judge Scott Johansen has now reversed course and overturned his own ruling which has effectively returned the infant to April Hoagland and her spouse Beckie Peirce. “We’re just happy we don’t have to say goodbye to her,” April Hoagland told The Associated Press. “That’s a big relief.”
The nightmare began a couple weeks ago, when Judge Johansen ruled the household, which is run by same-sex parents, was unfit to raise a child in and sited bogus information where he stated his own research concluded that “kids in homosexual homes don’t do as well as they do in heterosexual homes.” The ruling by Johansen shocked and horrified the newly married couple. “I was kind of caught off guard because I didn’t think anything like that would happen anymore… It’s not fair, and it’s not right, and it hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong,” Hoagland told KUTV of Utah at the time.
Known in the Utah judicial circles for his previous controversial rulings, including a 2012 decision where he forced a mother to cut the hair off of her teenage daughter in order to receive a lighter sentence, Judge Johansen has never been known to reverse any of his rulings on his own accord. That’s what makes this decision all the more shocking. “We all make mistakes as humans. We all have our own opinions. Sometimes they come out in the wrong setting… I’m not going to guess as to where it came from. I’m just going to be thankful that he decided to fix it,” Beckie Peirce joyfully exclaimed.
The couple and their family are still not out of the woods yet, however. That is because they face one more custody hearing on December 4th. This time, the case will be overseen by Judge Mary Manley after Judge Scott Johansen disqualified himself after the uproar his initial ruling had caused across the country. Stay tuned.