An appeal court in Canada has ruled that an evangelical Christian law school cannot be denied accreditation because it officially opposes homosexuality.
A five-judge panel from the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that denying Trinity Western University’s law school accreditation was a religious liberty violation.
In a unanimous decision, the five judges concluded that the Law Society of British Columbia was “unreasonable” in denying accreditation to TWU for its position against homosexuality.
“In our view, the detrimental impact of the Law Society decision on TWU’s right to religious freedom is severe. The legal education of TWU graduates would not be recognized by the Law Society and they could not apply to practice law in this province. TWU’s religious freedom rights as an institution are also significantly impacted by the decision,” concluded the Court of Appeal.