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canada goose outlet in usa LSBC was faced with deciding if the proposed TWU law program would, in light of the covenant barring homosexual practice, meet its standards for suitable professional legal education. After conducting a referendum of its members, it decided that TWU covenant violated public interest in that it denied equal access to canada goose uk black friday the law profession on the basis of sexuality. Case law under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has said this is impermissible. Hence, the court Canada Goose sale supported this law society decision. canada goose outlet in usa

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canada goose outlet los angeles The court majority approached the first task by agreeing that the law society had a duty to protect public interest and this includes ensuring equal access to the legal profession, preventing harm to aspiring LGBTQ students and, generally, protecting the values of equality and human rights. It did, however, agree that the law society decision interfered with religious belief in a manner that is more than trivial. It went on to say that the law society decision must reflect a sensible balancing of interests. canada goose outlet los angeles

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canada goose outlet sale Equally, law societies should be careful not to impose unnecessary restrictions on religious liberties. The resolution to this conflict arrived at by the court majority is that the burden of excluding homosexuals from pursuing a route into the legal profession (for some it might be the only route) is more injurious than requiring a university to have a law program in which there will be some who have declined to forswear homosexual practice canada goose coats canada goose outlet sale.

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