Victory for military recruiters
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that colleges that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, despite university objections to the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays.
Justices rejected a free-speech challenge from law schools and their professors who claimed they should not be forced to associate with military recruiters or promote their campus appearances.
Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the court, said that the campus visits are an effective military recruiting tool.
“A military recruiter’s mere presence on campus does not violate a law school’s right to associate, regardless of how repugnant the law school considers the recruiter’s message,” he wrote.
Law schools had become the latest battleground over the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy allowing gay men and women to serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation to themselves.
Many universities forbid the participation of recruiters from public agencies and private companies that have discriminatory policies.
The court’s decision upholds a law that requires colleges that take federal money to accommodate recruiters.
Not good news for anti-military folks, who can be found in large numbers in cities like San Francisco. I’m sure Proposition I supporters in SF weren’t too pleased to hear this news. Even though Prop. I didn’t ban military recruiters from college, it encouraged:
[…] city officials and university administrators to exclude recruiters and create scholarships and training programs that would reduce the military’s appeal to young adults.
60% of SF voters approved the “College Not Combat” Proposition.
Read more on today’s ruling via Michelle Malkin, SCOTUSblog, QandO, AJ Strata, Stop The ACLU, Iowa Voice