Trinity Western launches court action in 3 provinces over its law school
Trinity Western University is seen in this undated photo.
VANCOUVER -- A Christian university in B.C. that has been under scrutiny for its policies around homosexuality is taking legal action in B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Trinity Western University says it is launching lawsuits in Ontario and Nova Scotia, where the provinces' bar associations have voted not to accredit graduates of the school.
The university says it will also apply to be added to a lawsuit in B.C., where Toronto lawyer Clayton Ruby is suing the provincial government over its decision to approve the law school.
Critics have argued the school's so-called community covenant, which forbids sex outside heterosexual marriage, will lead to discrimination against gay and lesbian students.
University president Bob Kuhn says the Ontario and Nova Scotia law societies are sending the message that religious people cannot hold onto their values and participate in society.
Kuhn notes the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the school's favour in 2001 in a similar case related to the accreditation of its teaching graduates.