Lawyers vote to tell B.C. law society benchers not to endorse Trinity Western University's law school
By a huge majority, lawers at a special general meeting passed a resolution repudiating the Law Society of B.C.'s accreditation of a law school at a Christian postsecondary institution in the Fraser Valley.
With 3,210 in favour and 968 opposed, the lawyers voted to instruct the law society's benchers (governors) to declare that Trinity Western University's law school is not approved for admission into the society.
The lawyers' resolution is not binding.
In April, the benchers voted to allow the university's law-school graduates to enter the society's admissions program.
Trinity Western University has come under fire from many lawyers because its students and faculty are required to sign a covenant against sex outside of marriage between a man and woman.
It means that students must agree not to engage in same-sex relations.
In a news release issued after the vote, the West Coast Women's Legal Education and Action Fund stated that the university's student handbook "also explicitly demands that students refrain from practices contrary to biblical teachings".
“Freedom of religion protects a person’s right to hold whatever tenets of their faith they wish, including the belief that homosexuality and abortion are sins. However, it does not protect a person’s right to create a law school that excludes and punishes students on that basis,” LEAF's legal director, Laura Track, said in the news release.