Another twist has developed in the ongoing saga of Trinity Western University's quest for law-school accreditation across the country.
The Law Society of New Brunswick voted Friday (January 9) that it would uphold its June decision to accredit the school. At a special general meeting held on September 13, law society members had voted to revoke accreditation of the law school based in Langley, B.C.
The motion to rescind the decision failed to pass after a vote by secret ballot resulted in a 12-12 tie.
Meanwhile, TWU is taking the Law Society of British Columbia to court for reversing its decision to accredit the school.
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, and the Yukon have accredited the school, in addition to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. However, Saskatchewan has put its decision on hold, in addition to Manitoba. Ontario and Nova Scotia voted against accreditation.
The proposed law school by the Christian university, the first of its kind in the country, generated national debate about religious versus LGBT rights. The school requires students to sign a covenant which prohibits any sexual relations outside of opposite-sex marriage. Consequently, critics state that this convenant discriminates against same-sex relationships. Same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada in 2005.