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Supreme Court to Hear Free Speech Case

By May 3, 2005

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The US Supreme Court will review a case that challenges the 1994 Solomon Amendment (amended in 2003) which requires that universities that receive federal money allow US military recruiters on campus. Many universities bar any recruiter that discriminates based on race, gender or sexual orientation. Consequently, some have banned military recruiters because of the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that excludes gay people from military service

The lawyer that represents 31 law schools that have sued the Pentagon states:
If, as the Supreme Court has held, bigots have a First Amendment right to exclude gays, the certainly universities have a First Amendment right to exclude bigots.
The third circuit court of appeals in Philadelphia ruled in November that it was "reasonably likely" that the Solomon Amendment violates the First Amendment to the Constitution. Earlier this year, a federal judge in Connecticut ruled that Yale Law School could bar military recruiters.

Oral arguments in the case are planned for the fall; a decision should be reached by mid-2006.

See Financial Times (subscribe/trial), NY Times, Washington Post

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February 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm
(1) Jessica says:

check your third paragraph: says “the” instead of “then”…

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