British Columbia has revoked its approval of a Christian university's plan to open a law school following stiff resistance from LGBT-supportive lawyers who objected to the school's covenant against homosexuality that students and faculty are required to sign.
Said TWU president Bob Kuhn via statement:
“It is difficult to conceive of a justifiable basis for the Minister [of Advanced Education Amrik Virk] to have revoked his approval of the school of law program…We believe in diversity and the rights of all Canadians to their beliefs and values.”
Back in October, we reported on a poll conducted throughout the province that found 75 percent of practicing lawyers agreed that the Trinity Western University's law school should not be given accreditation due to the school's anti-gay policy. Specifically, the policy forbids all sexual conduct outside of marriage between a man and a woman.
Said Victoria-based lawyer Michael Mulligan at the time:
“The large return and clear result sends an important message about the core values of the legal profession that include upholding the legal rights of all persons. The clear message to TWU is this: if you wish approval from the legal profession in B.C. you will need to cease your discriminatory practices. The discipline or expulsion of students and staff for private sexual activity is unacceptable.”
[via Metro News]