A judge in the US state of Utah has ordered that a foster child be removed from the care of a lesbian couple and placed with a heterosexual family.
The Utah Division of Child and Family Services is searching for ways to challenge Tuesday's decision.
The decision, made by Judge Scott Johansen in the town of Price, has been criticised by gay rights groups.
In an interview with a local television news station, the couple said that the judge referred to research that children are better off when they are raised by heterosexual parents.
This is not the first time that Judge Johansen's decision have come under scrutiny.
In 1997, he was reprimanded for slapping a 16-year-old in the face at a courthouse in Price.
And in 2012, he drew attention for ordering a 13-year-old girl's hair cut in exchange for a lighter sentence. The girl was being prosecuted for cutting the hair of another, younger girl.
That same year, he was criticised for sending a teenage boy on probation to jail after he received a poor school report. The boy was on probation for shoplifting a pack of gum.