Law Society of New Brunswick members vote against accrediting B.C. law school over same-sex covenant

Rene Gallant

FREDERICTON — Members of the Law Society of New Brunswick have passed a resolution directing its council not to accredit a controversial law school that has been proposed in British Columbia.

In a special meeting held today in Fredericton, members voted 137 to 30 in favour of the resolution.

The meeting followed an outcry from the membership after the group’s governing council voted in June to recognize future graduates of Trinity Western University.

The Christian school requires all students and staff to sign a covenant barring same-sex relationships.

Law society president Helene Beaulieu says the result of the vote will be taken to the next council meeting on Sept. 26 to discuss the implications of the resolution.

She says if the resolution is adopted, students from the university will not be eligible for admission to the bar in New Brunswick.


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