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Utah lesbian couple gets to raise baby girl

| Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, 9:42 p.m.

PRICE, Utah — A Utah lesbian couple said Friday that they are relieved to find out they will be able to keep a baby girl whom they have been raising as foster parents.

The married couple spoke Friday, hours after a judge reversed his ruling to take the 9-month-old child and place her with a heterosexual couple for her well-being.

“We're just happy we don't have to say goodbye to her on Tuesday,” April Hoagland told The Associated Press. “That's a big relief.”

Hoagland and Beckie Peirce later spoke at a news conference in their hometown of Price, outside the courthouse where the judge made the initial ruling on Tuesday. Peirce wore a T-shirt with a quote from pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk that read, “Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.”

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