Christian couple to sue Church of England school for allowing boy to wear dress

A Christian couple from the Isle of Wight is planning to sue a Church of England primary school over the latter's decision to allow a boy to wear a dress to class and claimed that the incident has caused confusion in their child.

(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / Naturenet)Portsmouth Cathedral, Hampshire, England. 19 May 2005.

According to Nigel Rowe and his wife Sally, their son became confused after seeing his male classmate wear a dress to their class. They said the same boy also showed up clad in a dress to a party in which all the other kids wore knight or royal-themed costumes, The Daily Mail detailed.

The Christian couple is planning to file a lawsuit against the Diocese of Portsmouth over what they say is disrespect to their right to raise their kids using Biblical teachings. They will also homeschool their son, as they did with his older brother starting last year when a male classmate also started wearing female clothes to school.

"We believe it is wrong to encourage very young children to embrace transgenderism. Boys are boys and girls are girls," Nigel told The Sunday Times.

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

In response to the Rowes' statement, the school said children are protected under the 2010 Equality Act and that it follows anti-transphobia policies. A representative from the Diocese of Portsmouth also said their schools are "inclusive" and that they believe all students should feel that they are "welcomed."

In July, the Church of England's General Synod voted to consider offering services for transgender individuals. Lancaster Priory church vicar Chris Newlands said the motion was part of an effort to welcome people suffering from transphobia, the BBC reported.

Lay member Tim Hind, a supporter of transgender people, spoke up during the meeting and said the move would only make the Church appear "foolish." Other supporters said there should be services to mark transgender individuals' transition and to counter verses in the Bible that talk about humans being created as male or female only.