LINDSAY WHITEHURST | Associate Press | MSN News | November 17, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge who had ordered a baby girl taken away from her lesbian foster parents and placed with a heterosexual couple has removed himself from the case as criticism mounted into calls for his impeachment.
Judge Scott Johansen reversed his order last week to remove the 9-month-old baby from the home of April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce and allowed the girl to stay with the married couple. But there were concerns he could still have the baby removed from their home in Price, about 120 miles south of Salt Lake City, during a custody hearing set for Dec. 4.
The couple asked that the judge be disqualified. In an order released Monday, Johansen wrote that while the couple do not have legal standing, he is nevertheless stepping aside.