Elena Kagan's objections to military recruiters on college campuses is a stumbling block on her journey to be the next Supreme Court justice.
Solicitor General Kagan faces harsh criticism from Republicans for her previous policies as dean of Harvard Law School, according toThe Washington Post.As dean, Kagan suspended help to military recruiters because the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, barring openly gay soldiers violated Harvard's antidiscrimination policy.
Many outsiders believed Kagan helped resolve the disputes between military recruiters and Harvard lawyers after the ban on recruiters was temporarily removed. However, government documents, released on Saturday, reveal Kagan did not support military recruitment leading up to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Solomon Amendment, which eliminated federal funding for colleges refusing military recruitment.
Harvard officials approved assistance to recruiters after the school faced losing federal money.
Despite criticism from Republicans, many key Democrats, including former president Bill Clinton, back Kagan's nomination. If confirmed, Kagan will replace Justice John Paul Stevens.
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