Utah judge: Baby removed from gay foster couple will be 'better off'

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A Utah couple say they are heartbroken after a judge ruled to remove their foster baby because they are gay. (WPVI)

A Utah couple say they are heartbroken after a judge ruled to remove their foster baby because they are gay.

April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce have been raising an infant girl for the past three months.

But the baby girl is now being removed from their home and sent to live with heterosexual foster parents because a judge says she'll be "better off."

The women, who are legally married and were approved as foster parents, say they are shattered.

But the judge, Scott Johansen, is having the baby removed in a week, saying research he's read indicates children who are raised in same-sex parent homes do not do as well as children who are raised by heterosexual parents.

The women say they planned on adopting the little girl and growing their family.

They say the baby's biological mother supports them, and they will appeal the decision.

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