Langley-based Trinity Western University announced on December 18 that it is launching legal action against the Law Society of British Columbia for revoking its approval of its proposed faith-based law school.
A TWU news release took issue with the reversal being based not on the academic quality of the program but on the covenant that students must agree to.
The Christian-university's covenant only permits sexual intimacy within marriage between a man and a woman.
“By prejudging our future law graduates not on their qualifications but the Community Covenant they agree to abide by while students at TWU, the Law Society has infringed on the human rights of TWU and its students,” TWU president Bob Kuhn argued in the news release.
National outcry arose due to concerns that the covenant discriminates against same-sex relationships.
Canada became the fourth country in the world, and the first outside Europe, to legalize same-sex marriage in 2005.
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, and the Yukon have accredited the school. Law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia voted against accrediting the school. TWU is taking legal action against those law societies as well.
New Brunswick initially approved accreditation but its law society voted on September 13 to reverse accreditation.
In other news, Premier Christy Clark moved Virk out of his advanced education portfolio and into the Ministry of Technology, Innovation, and Citizens' Services. He was swapped with Andrew Wilkinson, who will take up Virk's previous position.
The move occurred on the day that a report revealed that Virk was aware of a compensation package that did not meet government disclosure requirements.