Litigation Update: Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada

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Trinity Western University (“TWU”) is a private institution organized around a specific viewpoint:  evangelical Christianity.  As part of that conviction, TWU affirms a “conduct covenant” which limits sexual behavior to married heterosexual couples.   Two bar societies determined in view of that covenant that TWU graduates were not fit to “article,” that is, sit for the bar due to TWU’s institutional standard, irrespective of whether the graduates agreed or practiced that standard.  The Canadian Supreme Court affirmed the bar societies, even though religious liberty is a fundamental right delineated in the nation’s Charter of Rights.


Derek B.M. Ross, Executive Director and General Counsel, Christian Legal Fellowship

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