April 26, 2014 8:34 am

B.C. school defends anti-gay covenant amid refusals to accredit grads

Bob Kuhn spoke before the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, which is holding hearings to determine whether it should recognize degrees from Trinity Western University.

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HALIFAX – A B.C. Christian school is blasting the bar associations of Nova Scotia and Ontario, accusing them of striking a blow against religious values.

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Trinity Western University is taking issue with the bar associations’ decision to deny accreditation to graduates of the university’s future law school.

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

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Yesterday, the Nova Scotia bar association ruled that Trinity Western must first drop a covenant that prohibits its students from engaging in same-sex intimacy.

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The decision comes a day after a similar decision in Ontario.

Trinity Western University president Bob Kuhn says the decisions send a “chilling message” that people can’t hold religious values and also participate fully in public society.

The university, which bills itself as the largest, independent Christian liberal arts institution in Canada, wants to open a law school in 2016.

Kuhn says those plans will move ahead despite the decisions.

B.C.’s law society has given approval for the law school to proceed.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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