BC Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether graduates of Trinity Western University’s law school should be able to practice in this province.
The Law Society of BC’s decision not to accredit the graduates has been controversial.
At issue is the Christian university’s covenant – barring sex outside of heterosexual marriage.
TWU says it’s religious freedom.
Opponents say it discriminates based on sexual orientation.
The lawyer representing the LGBTQ groups intervening in the review says going through another court proceeding is frustrating for her clients.
However, Eline Sigurdson says they did expect Trinity Western to challenge the Law Society’s decision.
“TWU is very committed to getting its law school, and it’s doing everything it can to try to make that happen.”
“It is frustrating to have to go through this legal challenge. It was a real victory for the law society to listen to its members who said, ‘We don’t want to endorse a law faulty that is going to discriminate gay and lesbian students.”
Sigurdson says the law society siding with LGBTQ groups was a big step forward in terms of acceptance.
BC Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson will hear the judicial review expected to last five days.
In a similar process, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court sided with the university…while in Ontario, the Divisional Court upheld the Law Society of Upper Canada’s decision to refuse accreditation.
Calls to Trinity Western University have not yet been returned.