A bid by Trinity Western University (TWU) to set up its own law school may end up being torpedoed despite getting a green light from the group representing Canadian law societies.
The privately run evangelical Christian school, based in the Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, thought it was clear sailing after the Federation of Law Societies of Canada gave preliminary approval to accredit the proposed school.
Opponents in the legal community wanted the school's application rejected because TWU requires students to sign what's called a community covenant agreement. Among other things, it includes a promise that students, faculty and staff abstain from "“sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman."
The ban on pre-marital (and presumably extra-marital) sex covers both heterosexual and homosexual couplings. But because gay marriage is legal in Canada, the requirement is seen as discriminating against homosexuals.
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