After losing a major case in the Supreme Court of Canada earlier this year, Trinity Western University (TWU) is finally getting rid of rules that prevent any students from having sex outside of a heterosexual marriage.
TWU made an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada last year to become an official law school but was turned down. While their loss in Canada's highest court didn't legally force them to make any changes, the rule was the cause of a lot of backlash for the school and was ultimately why they lost in court.
But now, all of that is about to change. The school just announced that it is scrapping the rule that prevents students who have sexual relations outside of a heterosexual marriage and students will no longer have to sign a form promising to abstain from sex.
The rule had led to a lot of backlash from locals who called it homophobic. TWU upheld it, however, as a religious university claiming it was Freedom of Religion in Canada that allowed them to enforce rules based on these religious beliefs.
The biggest vocal opponent to the rule was the Law Society of BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia which said they would deny accreditation to any TWU law students, citing the homophobic rules as their reason why.
That backlash is what landed the school in court.
Now that the rules have been officially removed, students entering the school in the fall won't be required to sign any forms abstaining from sex, but staff and faculty at TWU will still be held to the sex rules and required to sign the agreement form.
It is unclear yet whether the law societies will be willing to give accreditation to TWU students now that the rules have been changed.