Say No To Trinity Western Law
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Trinity Western University won't accept gay and lesbian students. It threatens to expel students caught in "same-sex intimacy", even if they are married to each other, because this offends its interpretation of the Bible.
On April 14, 2014, Trevor Loke, a gay Christian in BC, sued the BC government for approving of a new law school at Trinity Western University. Loke is represented by a team of lawyers, including Clayton Ruby, Angela Chaisson, Karey Brooks and Elin Sigurdson.
To effectively oppose the accreditation of Trinity Western's law school, we need to raise enough money to oppose them in court. While lawyers have stepped up to volunteer a significant amount of time, there are still lots of costs which will need to be covered, such as disbursements, filing fees, etc. These aren't glamorous, but they are necessary to be able to effectively mount a challenge in court. Please consider giving.
Make no mistake about it; TWU's proposed law school will discriminate against queer persons by imposing a queer quota. There are already not enough law school places for the students who want to become lawyers. And by letting Trinity Western create a school that bars gay students from attending, the Federation of Law Societies would create a quota system: fewer law school places would be available to LGBTQ students than to straight students. The quota system was wrong when it applied to Jews and to blacks and it has no place in Canadian society today. This is backwards; a step in the wrong direction.
Angela Chaisson, Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan
Marcus McCann, JD student, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Loke v. British Columbia is a victory, and we are thrilled to have it. The Chief Justice found that Mr. Loke is a public interest litigant. This is a rare designation. It was justified here because Mr. Loke stepped up and raised an exceptional issue by challenging the Covenant he believes is discriminatory, despite having no pecuniary interest in so doing. Because Mr. Loke is a public interest litigant, the Court awarded Mr. Loke his costs of bringing the petition.
We couldn't have done this without you. I want to thank you for your support, and all that you have done to bring this issue forward. It is a victory for all of us.
Clayton Ruby, Angela Chaisson, Gerald Chan, Karey Brooks & Elin Sigurdson
Trevor needs your help. While lawyers involved are donating hundreds of hours of time, some costs of a legal challenge of this type are fixed. While these expenses are not glamorous -- filing fees, disbursements, travel costs -- without a way to pay for them, Trevor will not have his day in court. Please consider donating.
Media reports suggest a legal challenge is inevitable. But we need your help to make it happen. Please consider donating, to help fight the accreditation of Trinity Western Law.