The High Court has ruled today that the Welsh Government’s controversial plans to force LGBTQ+ teaching on all children from the age of 3 upwards is lawful and does not conflict with parental rights.
In a lengthy and comprehensive judgment handed down this afternoon (Thursday 22nd December 2022)
Mrs Justice Steyn rejected the judicial review by concerned parents against the Welsh Governments ’radical power grab which will force all children in Wales from the age of 3 to be subjected to the new Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum, which includes compulsory and explicit sexuality
and LGBTQ+ teaching.
For the first time the parental right to withdraw their children from explicit sex
education classes had been removed from the law. The controversial proposals, which were opposed by 90% of parents in the Welsh Government’s consultation, is to be subject to a “whole school approach” whereby themes of sexuality and LGBTQ+ are to permeate the whole curriculum.
The concerned parents argued that this new curriculum exposes their children to serious dangers, and that the common law protected parental rights to opt their children out of classes which they considered entirely inappropriate and conflicted with their religious and philosophical beliefs. This is the first time
the courts have had to rule directly on this important question, but Mrs Justice Steyn held that:
“the case law and texts relied upon by the claimants do not support the existence of a fundamental common law right of excusal. I reject the contention that such a right exists.”
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