The British government has settled with a Christian couple after a five-year legal battle over the Department for Education’s transgender-affirming policies for schools.
Nigel and Sally Rowe say they feel “vindicated” after the Department awarded them around A$40,000 in costs and promised to reform official guidance for schools on transgender issues.
The Rowes questioned the policy of their sons’ Church of England primary school that allowed transgender pupils to attend as their chosen gender.
The school did not require any formal medical or psychological assessment for a pupil to be treated as transgender according to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) which has supported the Rowes in their case.
The school told the Rowes it would be “transphobic” not to acknowledge a transgendered person’s true gender by using their preferred name and pronouns.
The Rowes were also informed that the school was working with the Tavistock gender clinic to support transitioning pupils.
The clinic has since been shut down.
The Rowes withdrew their children from the school over concerns that its policy was harmful.
They won permission at the High Court earlier this year for a judicial review into the government’s transgender educational policies.
The government has now settled instead of facing a full judicial review hearing at the High Court.
The couple say they have been fully vindicated in light of the Tavistock closure and increasing numbers of de-transitioners sounding the alarm about affirming approaches to transgenderism.
“We are delighted with the outcome and pray that it will contribute to real change in primary schools,” the Rowes said in a joint statement.
“Transgender affirming policies must end in schools and issues with gender confused children must be compassionately and professionally managed outside of the classroom.”
“This case has always been about a dangerous ideology that is now firmly embedded in schools, local authorities and the Church of England leadership which is causing serious long-term harm to thousands of children.”
“Clear evidence of the harm transgender affirming policies has on children was presented to the government and they ignored it. Only by pursuing a judicial review has the government been forced to see sense and commit to protecting vulnerable children from LGBT activism in primary schools.”
The couple admitted they were “shocked by the hostility” shown to them over the last five years and that their views were never about hating anyone but about wanting “to tell the truth through love and compassion for children being impacted”.
CLC chief executive Andrea Williams praised the Rowes for their stand saying: “It has taken people of great courage who love Jesus and his teaching, like Nigel and Sally, to say that transgender affirmation isn’t right.”