The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-2 that the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia can deny accreditation to Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school on the basis of its Christian standards.
TWU’s community covenant states that community members must abstain from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.”
The Supreme Court’s majority determined that the school’s covenant would discriminate against LGBTQ students. The two dissenting judges argued that approval of the law school “would not represent a state preference for evangelical Christianity, but rather … the state’s duty … to accommodate diverse religious beliefs without scrutinizing their content.”
“We are deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision,” said Alliance Defending Freedom International Executive Director Paul Coleman. “Religious universities and schools should be free to operate according to the faith they teach and to which they adhere.”