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(SALT LAKE CITY) — A Utah judge has overturned a court order that a baby be taken from her lesbian foster parents.

Seventh District Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen reversed the order he signed earlier this week, allowing the 9-month-old baby to stay with Beckie Peirce and April Hoagland.

On Tuesday, Johansen issued an order that the Division of Child and Family Services remove the child from the home of the legally married same-sex couple within the next seven days, Utah DCFS Director Brent Platt told ABC News Thursday.

“I wasn’t in court that day but it’s my understanding that the judge alluded to some research he had that led him to believe that children being raised in a home with same-sex couples don’t fare as well as other children,” Platt said.

Peirce and Hoagland have been fostering the baby girl for about three months, Platt said, and were in court for a routine hearing when the judge issued the order.

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