Magazine article Anglican Journal

Gay Rights Case Hot Topic: Opponents Use Internet to Air Views

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Gay Rights Case Hot Topic: Opponents Use Internet to Air Views

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Sexual orientation and human rights - two of the most emotive phrases of the late 20th century - made the Internet in a big way when an Edmonton college teacher appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada to force Alberta to include homosexuality as a protected right in the province's human rights legislation.

Delwyn Vriend was fired from his job as a chemistry teacher at a Christian college in Edmonton in 1991 for refusing to comply with the college's guideline prohibiting same-sex partners, He tried to appeal to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. but the commission said it couldn't hear the case because sexual orientation wasn't a prohibited ground of discrimination.

So Mr. Vriend went to the Supreme Court and, on April 2, the court ruled that because the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, so must Alberta.

Mr. Vriend said he doesn't plan to take the case to Alberta human rights. Observers have noted that he'd probably lose his wrongful dismissal complaint there because the college would be able to claim the discrimination was based on a bone fide occupational requirement that teachers accept the morals of the college.

Opposition from many conservative Christians included a call over the Internet from the Family Action Coalition to have the ruling denounced from pulpits throughout the province. …

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