Sutherland Institute Hails …

Salt Lake City, UT – The Sutherland Institute lauds today’s decision in behalf of parental rights. The Utah Supreme Court voted 4-1 in favor of biological parents in the Jones v. Barlow case.

“We commend the Utah Supreme Court for their wisdom in maintaining the common law definition of in loco parentis as a temporary and voluntary delegation of parental authority,” said Paul T. Mero, president of Sutherland Institute. “With prescient insight, the Court rejected this doctrine’s use in granting permanent relationships between a child and a non-biological adult.”

“This decision reaffirms the importance of passing SB 248, Parent and Child Amendments, currently before the Legislature. The Legislature sets policy and this case makes that clear, ” concluded Mero.