A Catholic school in Colorado, US, has barred two children from re-enrolling because their parents are lesbians.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School decided that the two children, whose ages are unknown, could not continue at the school despite having attended the pre-school there for three years.

The parents have chosen to remain anonymous but released a statement through a local Pride organisation.

According to 9News.com, it read: “There are divorced parents, children of parents born out of wedlock, non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics. Their eligibility has not been questioned. There seems to be a subjective rating system of which sins are more unacceptable.”

“Perhaps our biggest objection to the school’s decision is that we think that it is wrong to punish a child for who the child’s parents are. We do not think this reflects what Jesus would have done.”

The couple added that they were religious and attended church regularly, while their children had been baptised.

In a sermon, which he posted on his blog, the Rev William Breslin said he took the decision to avoid the children having to learn in classes that their parents’ relationship was wrong.

He added that telling the parents was the the “most difficult decision” of his life but said he had to adhere to church teachings.

Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput said that even single-parent or divorced parents were expected to agree with the church’s values.