Thursday, 12 November 2015

Judicial Bigotry

Utah judge orders child taken away from adoptive parents because they are lesbian:
Utah state child welfare officials on Wednesday were wrangling with a ruling by a juvenile court judge who ordered a baby to be taken from lesbian foster parents and instead placed with a heterosexual couple, saying it was for the child’s wellbeing.
Sumner, from the child welfare agency, said she could not speak to specifics of the case but confirmed that the couple’s account of the ruling was accurate — the judge’s decision was based on the couple being lesbians. The agency was not aware of any other issues with their performance as foster parents.
Contrast that with the legal position of the Americal Psychological Association, from 2010:
There Is No Scientific Basis For Concluding That Gay And Lesbian Parents Are Any Less Fit Or Capable Than Heterosexual Parents, Or That Their Children Are Any Less Psychologically Healthy And Well Adjusted
(That's from the table of contents.) Or a literature review for the Australian Psychological Society from 2007:
The research indicates that parenting practices and children’s outcomes in families parented by lesbian and gay parents are likely to be at least as favourable as those in families of heterosexual parents, despite the reality that considerable legal discrimination and inequity remain significant challenges for these families.
(That's from the conclusion.)  In short, this judge acted not based on data but on the basis of his own homophobia.  Hardly surprising, but still outrageous.

[Edited to add reference for APA legal brief.]

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