Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Solomon Amendment

Court to weigh Solomon Amendment

Washington, DC, May. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear a case on a federal law that says the nation's law schools must fully accommodate military recruiters. Argument should be heard sometime next fall.

Since 1990, virtually every law school in the country has set up a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and punishes recruiting organizations that practice such discrimination.

The U.S. military has a policy of "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue" when it comes to the sexuality of individual military members.

When some law schools began refusing access and assistance to military recruiters because of the school's non-discrimination policies, Congress adopted the so-called Solomon Amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill in 1994. The amendment withheld Defense Department funding from any school that denied campus access to military recruiters.

The law was amended in 1997 to include the denial of virtually all government funding to recalcitrant schools.

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I have no problem w/ these school not wanting the recruiters there, but I do have a problem w/ the same schools not wanting recruiters there AND still wanting federal money.

When you accept federal money there are strings attached, deal with it or don't take the money!