With a unanimous vote, the Supreme Court overturned the Third Circuit District Court’s previous ruling on the Solomon Amendment. The Solomon Amendment says that colleges and universities that take U.S. government money must allow military recruiters on campus.
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.
The LA Times quotes two comments by Chief Justice Roberts about this case:
“The Solomon Amendment regulates conduct, not speech,” Roberts said. “It affects what law schools must do — afford equal access to military recruiters — not what they may or may not say. ..(It) neither limits what the law schools may say nor requires them to say anything.”
“We have held that high school students can appreciate the difference between speech a school sponsors and speech the school permits,” he wrote, referring to a decision that allowed a Bible study group to meet on campus at a high school. “Surely students have not lost that ability by the time they get to law school,” Roberts said.
Let me say again that this was a unanimous decision. This is the Supreme Court calling the U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania a bunch of legal hicks.
To quote the old truck in Pixar’s upcoming movie Cars: