For the past five years, Yale Law School, the alma mater of President Bush and former presidential wanna-be Sen. John Kerry, has restricted military recruiters from its job fairs. They did this because Yale Law School believes openly gay or bisexual people should be allowed to serve in the military. The brass at the Pentagon disagrees.
The key word is “openly.” The Defense allows homosexuals to serve in the military under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Yale Law School wasn’t buying that stipulation. They said if a homosexual couldn’t join the military and openly display his or her homosexuality, then the various military recruiters would not be allowed on campus.
The simple truth that it is only because of America’s military that Yale Law School even exists seems to have escaped them.
Unfortunately for Yale Law School and about three dozen other universities and law schools, Congress passed into federal law a statute called the Solomon Amendment which basically allows the Secretary of Defense to deny federal grants to any institution of higher learning if they prohibit or prevent ROTC or military recruitment on their campuses.
Yale Law School folded in 2002 when the federal government threatened to withhold the millions it grants to Yale every year. That is everyone at Yale folded except for 45 members of the faculty which immediately filed a lawsuit against the Feds challenging the law as an infringement on their free speech.
The Yale 45 sued the government to protect their right of free speech by asking the courts to deny free speech for the Defense Department and their military recruiters. For a liberal, denying the free speech of someone who doesn’t agree with them is called a fair and balanced discourse and exchange of ideas.
Last week, an appeals court ruled in favor of the Defense Department and Yale Law School immediately announced it would begin allowing military recruiters on campus. Last year, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against a consortium of about three dozen of the aforementioned schools seeking to bar recruiters from their campuses. The Supremes are certainly not going to hear the same case again, so it’s a slam-dunk against Yale.
For Yale Law School, not to comply would have cost them about $300 million a year in federal grants. At the end of the day, given a choice between standing firm on their phony principle or milking the Federal Government cash cow, Yale took the money.