VANCOUVER — At a massive meeting to decide whether a Christian university that condemns gay sex should be allowed to issue law degrees, university president Bob Kuhn said he hoped lawyers in British Columbia would respect his school’s “minority rights.”
“It’s not whether it’s a popular decision or whether it’s politically correct, the issue is whether it’s legally correct,” said Mr. Kuhn, president of Trinity Western University (TWU), speaking to reporters outside a special general meeting of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) to debate TWU’s fate.
A private Christian university that asks its students to avoid homosexual activity will not be blacklisted by the Law Society of British Columbia, despite concerns raised by society directors on Friday that the school’s so-called gay sex ban is “abhorrent” and “intolerant.”
TORONTO — An Ontario court has upheld the Ontario law society’s refusal to accredit a B.C. Christian university’s yet-to-open law school.
Trinity Western University had asked the Divisional Court in Ontario for a judicial review of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s decision, but the court dismissed the application Thursday.
The university’s covenant forbids sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage, which has led to similar legal battles for the university in other provinces.
When I applied to law school in 1975, the nation was recovering from a severe and prolonged recession. Even so, I always assumed that I’d be able to make a comfortable living with a legal degree, although I didn’t think that practicing law would make me rich.
The provincial government has revoked the consent it had previously granted to Trinity Western University to offer a law degree program.
The reversal by Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk was made public on Thursday in a statement issued by the university.
“It is difficult to conceive of a justifiable basis for the minister to have revoked his approval of the school of law program,” said TWU president Bob Kuhn.