Tuesday, March 07, 2006

SCOTUS upholds Solomon Amendment

In Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, Inc., the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that military recruiters must be assured an equal opportunity with other employers to sign up students at the nation's law schools. This case concerned the Solomon Amendment.

The Solomon Amendment was the government's response to law school restrictions on the the access of military recruiters to students. The restrictions were put in place because of disagreement with the government policy on homosexuals in the military. Under the Solomon Amendment, if any part of an institution of higher education denies military recruiters access equal to that provided other recruiters, the entire institution would lose certain federal funds.

The Court held that the Solomon Amendment was an appropriate use of the spending power and that it does not violate the First Amendment.

Once again, he who takes the king's schilling must do the king's bidding.

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