Out On Bay Street and OUTlaws granted leave to intervene in Trinity Western University legal dispute
September 25, 2014, Toronto, ON – Out On Bay Street has been granted leave to intervene in Trinity Western University’s (TWU) application to challenge the Law Society of Upper Canada’s decision not to accredit TWU’s proposed law school.
TWU’s Community Covenant Agreement prohibits sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage, which discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students.
Proposed interveners were heard by the Ontario Divisional Court on September 3 and 23. In his decision, Justice Nordheimer wrote that, “Out On Bay Street and OUTlaws represent a group of individuals who are directly affected by the issues raised in this judicial application.”
Accordingly, Out On Bay Street will make submissions to the court regarding the discriminatory impact of TWU’s policies on LGBTQ individuals seeking to enter the legal profession and the public interest in withholding Law Society accreditation from TWU’s law school.
Out On Bay Street is joined by the OUTlaws LGBTQ affinity groups from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) and the law schools at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and the University of Windsor. Earlier this year, both Out On Bay Street and the OUTlaws made submissions to the Law Society opposing TWU’s accreditation.
Out On Bay Street is a registered non-profit organization that facilitates the professional development of LGBTQ students as they transition through school to career. The organization promotes inclusive, queer-friendly workplaces and professional communities, with a particular focus on law and business.
Out On Bay Street and the OUTlaws are represented by Marlys Edwardh, Vanessa Payne, and Frances Mahon of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, and Paul Jonathan Saguil, Chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity section (SOGIC) of the Ontario Bar Association. The judicial review application is slated to be heard by the court in December.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Board of Directors
Out On Bay Street
Endorsement from the Ontario Divisional Court (issued September 24, 2014):