Tuesday, March 07, 2006

SCOTUS upholds Solomon; law schools must now decide

The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Solomon Amendment, saying that Universities who accept public funds must grant campus access to military recruiters. The case, Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), was centered on law schools who disagree with the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with regard to gays in the ranks. The law schools sought to bar military recruiters from their campuses “as a protest” of the policy.

Never mind that the military had precisely zero with setting the policy these law schools dislike. If they’ve got a problem with it - and nothing else - then they should be protesting Congress, not military recruiters. They now have a choice, of course. Take their principled stance to the next level and continue to deny access to military recruiters at the cost of all their public funding, or take the money and let the recruiters on campus. We’ll see, I suppose, but I’m putting my money on the money.