But I just want to write it here anyway, and offer my own "yay!" to the cyberspace.
An Appeals Court ruled that CPS and the state were NOT justified in the removal of the FLDS children from the YFZ Ranch.
Some fun quotes:
state failed to show the youngsters were in any immediate danger
state was not justified in sweeping up all the children and taking them away
state failed to show that any more than five of the teenage girls were being sexually abused
state was wrong to consider the entire ranch as a single household
Now, this is far from over, and doesn't even include every parent, but it's a HUGE step in the right direction. The state might well appeal the appeal, and I DO expect the actual FLDS lawbreakers to be investigated (probably not the CPS lawbreakers, though).
From The Common Room, quoting from the court's ruling:
The Department conceded at the hearing that teenage pregnancy, by itself, is not a reason to remove children from their home and parents, but took the position that immediate removal was necessary in this case because 'there is a mindset that even the young girls report that they will marry at whatever age, and that it’s the highest blessing they can have to have children.'" [it was, indeed, ALL about a belief system that gave feminist CPS agents and Judge Walthers the vapors]