April 25, 2014 3:55 pm

B.C. law school should drop anti-gay contracts: N.S. bar society

A concept drawing of Trinity Western University's proposed law school.

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HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s bar society says it will accredit law school graduates from a university in B.C. on the condition that it drops its covenant that prohibits same-sex intimacy.

The Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society council voted 10 to nine in favour of the conditional accreditation for Trinity Western University.

The move comes after the society considered the school’s requirement that students sign a community covenant forbidding intimacy outside heterosexual marriage.

The covenant has been criticized as discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

The decision Friday in Nova Scotia follows one in Ontario, where barristers ruled not to accredit the faith-based institution.

The independent Christian liberal arts university wants to open a law school in 2016.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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