It’s a blow to Trinity Western University’s bid to launch a law school, that means the case is likely heading to the Supreme Court of Canada.
A ruling by Ontario’s Court of Appeal has upheld a decision by that province’s law society not to accredit the school’s graduates.
The concern is over TWU’s community covenant which some believe discriminates against LGBT students.
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TWU spokesperson Amy Robertson says the ruling agreed the move by the Law Society of Upper Canada was discriminatory, but was justifiable.
“They’re essentially allowing one group’s rights to trump another, and we actually don’t want our rights to trump anyone’s. We think we can work together and live together peacefully and respectfully. LGBTQ students can and do attend Trinity Western, and based on my conversations with our community, they find it a safe and welcoming place to be.”
Robertson says it’s unclear whether the school will go ahead when its grads can’t practice in Ontario.
“B.C. is the most important case. The Minister of Advanced Education’s approval depends on the outcome of the B.C. court.”
Trinity Western is still waiting for decisions from Appeals Courts in B.C. and Nova Scotia.
Canada’s highest court also has to decide whether it will hear the case.