Thursday, May 08, 2014

Trinity Western Will Sue Two Canadian Lawyers' Groups

Canada's Trinity Western University announced Tuesday that it has engaged law firms to bring suits challenging decisions by the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Nova Scotia Barristers Society that will prevent Trinity Western law school graduates from being admitted to the bar in Ontario or Nova Scotia. Trinity Western is located in British Columbia.  (See prior posting.) The University will also seek to intervene as a respondent in a lawsuit brought by an openly gay member of the Vancouver Park Board challenging the approval of the school by British Columbia's Advanced Education Minister. (See prior posting.)

At issue is a provision in the school's "community covenant" that calls for abstention from "sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman."  Trinity Western's new law school-- the first at a faith-based university in Canada-- is scheduled to open in 2016. Trinity Western says that actions rejecting its law school graduates send the message that one cannot fully participate in society if one holds religious values. Tuesday's Globe & Mail also reports on Trinity Western's decisions.