A child in the United States has been refused re-enrolment in a Catholic school because his parents are lesbians.

CNN reported gay and lesbian rights groups are angry over a decision made by the archdiocese of Denver not to re-enrol the child at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School in Boulder, Colorado next school year.

According to the report, GLBT Catholic group DignityUSA said until every student’s parents were tested on Catholic teachings, the action was discrimination.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation president Jarrett Barrios labelled the move “harmful”.

The archdiocese defended its decision, saying parents living in “open discord” disqualify their children from enrolment.

“The main purpose of Catholic schools is religious; in other words, to form students in Catholic faith, Catholic morality and Catholic social values,” Archbishop Rev Charles J. Chaput said in an online statement.

“What the Church does teach is that sexual intimacy by anyone outside marriage is wrong; that marriage is a sacramental covenant; and that marriage can only occur between a man and a woman.

“If parents don’t respect the beliefs of the Church, or live in a manner that openly rejects those beliefs, then partnering with those parents becomes very difficult, if not impossible.”

A small group of protesters rallied outside the church on Sunday.

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