Friday, January 29, 2016 10:00 AM

BILL COULD GIVE ‘PREFERENCE’ TO HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES IN ADOPTION, FOSTER CARE IN UTAH

A pair of bills are being filed in the Utah State Legislature dealing with the words "husband" and "wife."

One bill drops them from Utah foster care and adoption law, reflecting the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. The other could potentially give a "preference" to heterosexual couples in foster care and adoptions, but also add same-sex couples to state law.

"We should support all families here in Utah. We are the state that talks about families and celebrating our families, so let's put it in statute," said Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, who filed House Bill 234 on Thursday.

HB234 would remove "husband and wife" from adoption and foster care law in favor of "spouse." Romero's bill had support from the director of Utah's Division of Child and Family Services, who said it would comply with law.

After the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage, DCFS challenged a Price juvenile court judge who said he believed an infant in foster care would do better with a heterosexual couple and ordered the child removed from a married lesbian couple's home. The judge later reversed himself.

Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber, told FOX 13 on Thursday he is still drafting his bill that could ...

News source: http://fox13now.com/2016/01/28/bill-could-give-preference-to-heterosexual-couples-in-adoption-foster-care-in-utah/

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