Christian couple sue Church School over transgender issue

Nigel and Sally Rowe

The parents of a six-year-old boy have removed him from his primary school in a row over whether another pupil should be allowed to wear a dress.

Nigel Rowe, 44, and his wife Sally, 42, said their child had come home "confused as to why and how a boy was now a girl" after his classmate wore female uniform.

Mr and Mrs Rowe say the school's handling of the situation did not show proper regard for the possible long-term emotional and psychological effects for the two young children seeking to change gender, or for the confusion and concern caused to other people by the suggestion that boys are not always boys, and girls are not always girls.

A Diocese of Portsmouth spokesman said: "Our schools are inclusive, safe spaces where pupils learn to respect diversity of all kinds".

The parents agreed they would not be concerned if girls wore pants to school.

The Christian couple appeared on This Morning to talk about their argument and said it has been a "roller coaster" since the story made headlines.

'It would be unlawful for any of our schools to do otherwise.'

"Gender dysphoria is something we as Christians need to address with love and compassion, but not in the sphere of a primary school environment", he added.

"We have a social understanding that we have boys and we have girls", Nigel said.

"The written response from the Diocese of Portsmouth and the Church of England's Chief Education Officer said the school viewed: "the refusal to acknowledge a transgendered person's true gender e.g.by failing to use their adopted name or using gender inappropriate pronouns" to be "transphobic behaviour". It's such a young age and we're concerned about that.

Nigel said his children will now be homeschooled: "We're doing it because we want to make a stand for parents like ourselves who feel there is an agenda going on that is overriding our beliefs", he said.

A child aged six would sometimes come to school as a girl or sometimes come to school as a boy. "We, and our children, are being bullied into accepting a new moral framework which strongly conflicts with what we really believe". "We comply with the legal requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and believe that all should feel welcomed, valued and nurtured as part of a learning community".

The couple denied they were transphobic and said it was "simply not the case" they were demonstrating prejudice in a campaign video for the lobby group Christian Concern.

A lawyer for the couple argues Equality Act 2010 applies to those aged over 18, not school students.

A child of six years old does not have the mental capacity to work out that kind of thing, ' he added. Vulnerable children are being used as pawns and will be harmed the most.

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