I meant to comment on this when the news broke last week, but forgot; I was reminded again of it more recently:
The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld the right of future graduates of the faith-based Trinity Western University (TWU) Law School to practise law in the province.
The ruling upholds a previous decision made by a B.C. Supreme Court judge who ruled the Law Society of B.C. was wrong to deny accreditation to future alumni of the Christian university’s proposed law school.
At issue was the school’s so-called community covenant, which all students must sign, pledging to be sexually intimate only with a member of the opposite sex to whom they are married.
On Tuesday morning in Vancouver, the court dismissed an appeal from the law society, which had argued the covenant discriminated against members of the LGBT community.
Instead, the panel of justices ruled that the society’s decision to deny accreditation limits the university’s right to freedom of religion in a disproportionate way.
In the written decision, the justices highlighted charter issues and the impact that banning the university’s graduates would have on TWU’s rights.
The law society’s opposition “denies these Evangelical Christians the ability to exercise fundamental religious and associative rights,” which are protected under the Section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, they wrote.
Of course, there will likely be an appeal, so while the battle was won, the war remains…
Nevertheless, a victory, however small, at least for now.
Praise the Lord!