Trinity Western clears law school hurdle despite gay sex policies

From O.Canada.Com:

A private Christian university in B.C. has been given the green light for a proposed law school even though the school has instituted discrimination against queer students.

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has granted Trinity Western University preliminary approval for the proposed department. The decision will remove a major obstacle for the university to provide law instruction.

Federation approval means that school is considered capable of producing “graduates competent for admission to law society bar admission programs.”

Trinity Western’s proposal has been highly controversial due to a student code of conduct that forbids “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.” That means no premarital sex for heterosexual couples, along with no sex whatsoever for queer students, as the school does not recognize same-sex marriage as legitimate despite it being part of Canadian law.

The footnote for that section leads to Bible passages that condemn homosexuality. In short, it’s a clear message that gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer applicants need not apply.

The school has insisted the queer students are welcome so long as they adhere to the code of conduct — a policy that amounts to “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t have sex.” Further, the university has said that queer students should apply elsewhere if they have a problem with their policies.

Aside from alienating queer students, critics say it’s improper for future practitioners of the law to be educated in a discriminatory environment. Protection from discrimination for the LGBT community is, after all, outlined in Canada’s laws.

The university was dismissive of that concern, and in fact any further debate, in a statement released Monday.

“We recognize,” said Trinity Western president Bob Kuhn, “that there has been considerable debate with respect to the fact that TWU is a faith based university. Now that the Federation has approved the program, we can move on from that debate and build an excellent law school to serve the Canadian public.”

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