The fight’s not over for opponents of a proposed law school at a Christian university in Langley – who say they’re taking the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Trinity Western University requires students to sign a “Community Covenant,” which bans sexual intimacy outside of a heterosexual marriage – something critics say discriminates against LGBTQ students.
Last week, the Law Society of BC lost its bid in the B.C. Court of Appeal to refuse accreditation to graduates of the proposed program.
The court ruled blocking the the school’s future lawyers would severely undercut religious freedom.
Now, the society says it is seeking leave to appeal that decision to Canada’s top court.
When TWU announced the program, five law societies- Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island– agreed to accredit its grads.
Back in 2014 the Law Society of B.C. voted not to accredit TWU grads, prompting the school to take the case to court.
Last December, the B.C. Supreme Court found in it’s favour.
Societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia have also rejected TWU, leading to court battles.
The school lost its fight at the Ontario Court of Appeal, and as of now graduates won’t be able to work in that province.
But it won in Nova Scotia, where the Court of Appeal upheld a decision forcing the Law Society to accredit grads.