The largest Christian university in Canada on Tuesday announced it will pursue legal action to secure two provincial recognitions for its future law school graduates.
Trinity Western University (TWU) is planning to open Canada’s first Christian law school in fall 2016, but gay activists have vehemently opposed the proposal because TWU requires employees and students to sign a community covenant pledging to abstain from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.”
Unlike in the United States, where law schools open and then gain accreditation, Canadian schools must submit proposals for accreditation beforehand. In December, the British Columbia Minister of Advanced Education and the Canadian Federation of Law Societies issued back-to-back approvals for TWU’s law school. Since then, provincial law societies—which essentially hold veto power over the federation’s decisions—in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island have followed suit.