It’s a case that has a lot at stake.
On Wednesday, the Law Society of B.C. is headed to BC’s highest court, in hopes judges will overturn a decision supporting the accreditation to graduates from Trinity Western University.
The school requires students, staff and faculty to sign a covenant that forbids sex outside of a heterosexual marriage.
Some argue that makes its graduates unfit to practice law.
Raji Mangat with West Coast Women’s LEAF says the covenant is not fair, and this case is about access to education for everyone.
“It’s going to discriminate against the people that can attend this law school. You’re closing the system to individuals who are going to be unable to give up their very pertinent part of their identity.”
But Jay Cameron with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom says TWU is protected by the Charter, and the Law Society is bound by the Charter.
He says the school has a right to associate with evangelical christian beliefs in a free democratic society.
“I don’t have to agree with Trinity Western or disagree with Trinity Western’s beliefs to defend their right under the Constitution to be free from state inference.”
Typically a B.C. Court of Appeal hearing is before a panel of three judges, but lawyers say because the case is of “significant public importance”, five judges will be present.