Canadian Court Rules Christian Law School Can’t Be Denied Accreditation Over Opposition to Homosexuality

(PHOTO: TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY) Trinity Western University.
(PHOTO: TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY)
Trinity Western University.

A Christian university in Canada that requires its staff and students to abstain from sex outside of marriage and homosexual behavior cannot be banned from having its law school accredited, a Canadian court ruled on Tuesday.

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal rejected an appeal from the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in its ongoing legal battle with Trinity Western University over the law society’s refusal to give the school accreditation.

In April of 2014, the Barristers’ Society became one of three provincial law societies to deny Trinity Western Law School’s request for accreditation, the other two being the law societies of Ontario and British Columbia.

At issue was the university’s “community covenant,” which requires students and faculty to “voluntarily abstain” from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman,” as The Christian Postreported in January 2015.

In a decision released Tuesday, the Court of Appeal dismissed the Barristers’ Society’s appeal of an earlier decision by a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge.

“The society acknowledges that the [Charter of Rights and Freedoms] does not apply to Trinity Western. It is a private university. The Supreme Court has held that the charter does not apply even to an autonomous public university,” reads the Court of Appeal’s opinion.

“Nothing in the Legal Profession Act authorizes the society to issue an independent ruling that someone has violated Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Act.”

Trinity Western filed suit against the three provincial law societies that attempted to ban its accreditation, arguing that their decision violated the university’s religious liberty.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski