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

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As you know, in December 2014 the Minister revoked his consent to TWU’s law school after the BC Law Society determined it would not accredit the law school. The Minister then brought an application to have Trevor Loke’s proceeding declared moot. Although Mr. Loke argued the proceeding should go ahead, despite the Minister’s revocation, given the issue would likely be before the Minister again and the record would be substantially the same, Chief Justice Hinkson determined the matter was moot since there was no decision to review (Loke v. British Columbia (Minister of Advanced Education), 2015 BCSC 413). This was not a surprising result, and in the end, we have exactly the result we wanted – TWU’s anti-gay law school does not have approval to operate. We hope that if the matter ever returns to the Minister, the Minister will continue to refuse to approve the school.

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
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April 14, 2014: The legal challenge starts today. Trevor Loke, an openly gay Christian who intends to go to law school, is asking the Court to decide whether the Charter applies to the BC government's decision to accredit Trinity Western University's new law school.

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.
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The Law Society of BC will seek written submissions from the public on whether or not Trinity Western University Law's graduates should be eligible to be called to the bar, its Benchers decided January 24. If you feel strongly about TWU's proposed new law school, email submissions@lsbc.org by March 3, 2014. The Law Society could make its decision as early as April.
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Regrettably, the government of British Columbia announced December 18 that it has approved Trinity Western University's bid for a new law school. This approval makes it all but certain that BC will soon be home to the first law school in Canada in which entering students must sign an anti-gay pledge and in which those attending can be disciplined or expelled for same-sex intimacy.

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.
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Again - a state that does not see a problem here appears indistiguishable from a theocracy. Shall the same attitude prevail when the inevitable islamic law school comes along?

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Anyone who thinks institutionalized discrimination is legal isn't fit to train future generations of lawyers.

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