Originally published on Advocate.com November 01 2003 12:00 AM ET
Students at Yale Law School sued the Defense Department on Thursday over a federal policy requiring the school to give military recruiters full access to recruit on campus. Many universities require employers wishing to use the school's career office to sign a nondiscrimination pledge. The military, which continues to implement its antigay "don't ask, don't tell" policy, did not sign the pledge.
The suit comes two weeks after 44 Yale law professors, about two thirds of the law school faculty, filed a similar suit over the so-called Solomon Amendment. Under the federal policy, the government threatened to withhold $300 million in funding for medical and scientific research at Yale if the university did not allow military recruiters access to the school's career office. The students filed Thursday's suit in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn. "This case is about our right to say that discrimination is wrong and that we won't allow it here," said Darren Cohen, a third-year law student.