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BC Law Society reconsiders Trinity Western approval

Lawyers holding special general meeting after petition demands new vote

Though directors of the Law Society of BC called Trinity Western University’s covenant discriminatory, repugnant and a throwback to earlier times, on April 11 a majority nonetheless agreed to admit its law-school graduates. Credit: twu.ca

Vancouver lawyer barbara findlay urged 1,200 lawyers attending a special general meeting of the Law Society of BC June 10 to overturn the regulator’s controversial April approval of Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school.

For admission to TWU, students must sign a covenant agreeing to uphold Christian biblical teachings, including no premarital sex and no homosexuality. Failure to uphold these commitments, according to the student handbook, could result in discipline, dismissal or a refusal to readmit a student to the university.

The meeting was called after thousands of lawyers demanded a reconsideration of the decision.

Findlay said she supports religious freedom, but when that turns into active discrimination, “you cross the line.”

TWU president Bob Kuhn said that what’s at stake is the right to hold an opposing view,  “as unpopular as that might be.”

The meeting, with lawyers gathering all over the province for the largest such gathering of the profession in BC history, is expected to last five hours with a result from a vote expected this evening.

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