According to the Times, Johansen’s revised court order, while no longer calling for the foster child to be removed from the same-sex couple’s home, still says, “The court cited a concern that research has shown that children are more emotionally and mentally stable when raised by a mother and father in the same home.”

Johansen has not spoken out about his religious beliefs or what role they may have played in his initial decision or its reversal, but the Washington Post notes that he received his law degree from Brigham Young University, which is operated by the Mormon church. The church recently enacted a new policy that prevents children of same-sex marriages from being baptized until the age of 18.

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