Canada’s highest court will hear two appeals concerning a proposed law school at Trinity Western University and the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario, which are both seeking to deny the accreditation of graduates from the faith-based school in Langley, B.C.
The dispute stems from the university’s controversial community covenant, which bans sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage. All TWU students must sign the covenant.
The law societies argued the covenant discriminates against people in the LGBTQ community who want to enter the legal profession.
In November of last year, the B.C. Court of Appeal found it was unreasonable for the B.C. Law Society to refuse to recognize Trinity Western law grads, because the negative impact on the school’s religious freedoms would be greater than the repercussions on gay and lesbian rights.
But in a separate ruling in June, the Ontario Court of Appeal sided with the Law Society of Upper Canada and slammed the nature of the covenant, calling it discriminatory despite the university’s statements it is an open and accepting school.
Meanwhile in Nova Scotia, the Barristers’ Society announced in July it would not appeal a ruling allowing graduates to practise in the province.
No one is forcing anyone to enrol in a private university. It’s also not the only one in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver area.