MacLean’s Magazine is reporting that the Law Society of BC has voted to turn down the application by Trinity Western University (TWU) in Langley to open a law school.
Trinity Western University President spoke at the Special General Meeting of the Law Society of British Columbia Tuesday.[excerpt] Lawyers in British Columbia have rejected a Christian university’s plans to open a law school — a result that, while not binding, represents a strong rebuke of the school’s policies forbidding sex outside heterosexual marriage.
The vote is the latest setback for Trinity Western University, a school with about 4,000 students in B.C.’s Fraser Valley, and is sure to amplify an ongoing debate over the rights of a private institution to impose its religious views about homosexuality on students.
The university, which plans to open a law school in the fall of 2016, requires students to sign a so-called community covenant. The document includes a passage that forbids sex outside of marriage, defined as between a man and a woman, and students can be disciplined for violating it.
Watch this space for more details.