The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether colleges and universities may bar military recruiters from their campuses without fear of losing federal funds, reports the Associated Press. Justices will review a lower court ruling in favor of 25 law schools, including Yale, that restricted recruiters in protest of the Pentagon’s policy of excluding openly gay people from military service.
That ruling, by the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, invalidated a 1994 federal law requiring law schools to give the military full access or else lose their federal funding. The appeals court ruled that the law infringed on law schools’ free speech rights. The Supreme Court will hear the case during its next term, which begins in October. The law, known as the Solomon Amendment, has been controversial for law schools that have nondiscrimination policies barring any recruiter – government or private – from campus if the organization unfairly bases hiring on race, gender or sexual orientation.