Trinity Western drops mandatory covenant forbidding sex outside of heterosexual marriage
Students at Trinity Western University will no longer have to sign an agreement promising to abstain from all sex outside of heterosexual marriage.
The board of governors for the evangelical Christian university in Langley, B.C., voted last week to drop the mandatory requirement that students adhere to what the school calls its community covenant.
The change will come into effect beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, according to a school spokesperson.
The covenant binds students to a strict code of conduct that includes abstinence from sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman, and it was at the centre of a long legal battle over TWU's plans for a law school.
In June, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario have the power to refuse accreditation for the school, saying that the covenant would deter LGBTQ students from attending.
The majority judgment said that LGBTQ students who attended a TWU law school would be at risk of significant harm.