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Faculty members at Yale University’s law school sued Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over a federal policy requiring the school to give the military full access to recruit on campus. The faculty members say the policy violates the First Amendment, arguing that because the military won’t sign an anti-discrimination pledge, Yale should not have to provide access to its student career development office. Many prominent law schools, including Yale, require employers wishing to use the school’s career office to sign a nondiscrimination pledge. The military, which has a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and lesbians, did not sign the pledge. “What the military is trying to do by demanding that we actively assist them in their recruiting efforts here is draft us in their war against gays and lesbians,” said Robert Burt, one of 44 faculty members represented in the lawsuit filed Thursday. Under a federal law known as the Solomon Amendment, the government threatened to withhold $300 million in research funding if the university did not allow military recruiters access to the career office. Yale temporarily suspended the anti-discrimination pledge policy last year, granting the military access. Other schools, such as Harvard and Stanford, also capitulated or made exceptions to anti-discriminiation policies to avoid losing aid. Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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