A hearing is now underway in Nova Scotia’s Court of Appeal for the provincial law society’s appeal of a ruling saying it doesn’t have the authority to deny accreditation to graduates of a Christian university.
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society decided in April 2014 to impose a ban on articling students from Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C.
The university requires students to sign a community covenant that bans all sexual intimacy outside so-called “traditional” marriages between men and women.
The society argued that the agreement represents unlawful discrimination against gays and lesbians under the charter, and violates the province’s Human Rights Act.
The university argued that the society overstepped its jurisdiction and did not have the right to refuse a student because of the school’s conduct.
In a January 2015 ruling, the province’s Supreme Court said the barristers’ society doesn’t have the power to require law schools to change their policies even if they may be offensive to many.