British Columbia Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk has revoked his consent for Trinity Western University, a Christian college, to open a law school. Virk cited the fact that law societies in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces have refused to accredit the school’s graduates because of a section of the university’s covenant requiring students, faculty, and administrators not to engage in “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.”
VANCOUVER – In what may well have been the largest gathering of lawyers in B.C. history, members of the Law Society of B.C. decisively voted Tuesday to stop Trinity Western University — a Christian school that condemns gay sex — from being able to hand out law degrees.
But while gay rights advocates praised the vote as a hard-earned victory, the ultimate fate of TWU’s proposed law school still rests with the Law Society’s 31 governing benchers.
As the society noted in a handout, Tuesday’s resolution is “only an expression of the members of the Law Society, and is not binding on the Benchers.”
According to early results, 3210 to 968 of B.C. lawyers sided with a resolution calling for TWU’s soon-to-be-opened law school to be denied Law Society of B.C. accreditation.