Supreme Court shoots down Law Society over covenant

By Doug Collins
December 11, 2015 - 7:16am Updated: December 11, 2015 - 11:24am

VANCOUVER —The Law Society of B.C. is deciding whether or not to appeal a B.C. Supreme Court ruling regarding Trinity Western University's plan to ban students from sex outside of heterosexual marriage.

The University wants all students who enroll in its yet-to-open law school to sign a covenant to that effect.

The Law Society had refused to accredit the University on that basis.

The Supreme Court decision acknowledges that religious freedoms were breached and says the Law Society made errors when members voted against accreditation.

However, Law Society President Ken Walker says the ruling is an important one and the society wants to review the decision before deciding on an appeal.

UBC law professor Emma Cunliffe says the ruling focuses only on the process used to make the decision and does not consider the merits of whether approval should be granted. 

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