Monday, March 06, 2006

Supreme Court rules to require equal access for military recruiters

The Solomon Amendment (10 USC 983) states that for any school to receive federal funding they must provide military recruiters equal access to students. Schools that disobey this criteria cannot receive federal funding; such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, etc. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, Inc., an association of law schools and law facilities, filed a case against the Department of Defense claiming that this Amendment violated their right to free speech. This group opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation and opposes providing access to the Department of Defense due to its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. (Read this question and answer description of the policy: (in Word format).) The Supreme Court ruled today that the law schools did not have the right to ban military recruiters. They ruled that the requirement to allow recruiters equal access did not violate the law school's right to free speech. Read the opinion, transcript of the oral arguments, and briefs online.

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