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Trinity Western University's gay sex ban debated by B.C. Law Society

04/11/2014 12:35 EDT | Updated 06/11/2014 05:59 EDT
The B.C. Law Society is deliberating whether a ban on gay sex for students at Trinity Western University should make graduates of the program ineligible to practise law in the province.

The B.C. government approved the creation of a private faith-based law school at the Fraser Valley's university last December.

But the provincial approval sparked outrage from gay and lesbian advocates because the Christian university has a policy against homosexual sex.

The school's handbook says students must sign a covenant recognizing the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.

Critics have called the school's covenant discriminatory, because the violations could result in discipline, even expulsion, meaning only celibate members of the LGBTQ community would be able to attend.     

The school argues the faith component would add a unique dimension to the legal education and plans to accept 60 students to start in September 2016.

In December, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada gave Trinity Western University preliminary approval for its law school program and said it was up to provincial law societies to decide whether to recognize degrees from the school.

Bob Kuhn, president of Trinity Western University in British Columbia, recently told the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society in Halifax it would be unfair if it did not recognize law school degrees from his school because of its community covenant that requires students, faculty and staff to respect Christian values.

"That's an audacious example of prejudice," Kuhn told the panel in his two-hour submission.

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