B.C. Supreme Court backs Trinity Western University in law society dispute

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      A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled in favour of Trinity Western University's controversial law school.

      Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson said that the Law Society of British Columbia failed to resolve the conflict between LGBT and religious rights. 

      "The appropriate remedy is to quash the decision and restore the results of the April 11, 2014 vote," Hinkson stated in a December 10 decision.

      The Christian law school based in Langley was originally accredited by the B.C. law society on April 11, 2014.

      After much criticism, the law society voted to reverse the approval on October 31, 2014.

      TWU announced on December 18 that it was taking legal action against the law society.

      Law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia had also voted against accrediting the law school. On July 3, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice upheld the Ontario law society's decision to deny accreditation.

      The law school has been the focus of national debate due to a covenant that students must sign which forbids any sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage. The covenant has raised concerns that LGBT students are being discriminated against.

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