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Harvard Law School will return to a policy that keeps the military from recruiting on campus in the wake of a federal court decision allowing colleges and universities to bar recruiters without fear of losing federal money. Harvard had forbidden any recruiter from campus — military or otherwise — that couldn’t sign off on the school’s anti-discrimination policy. Harvard, like other schools, said the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was discriminatory, because it forbids overt gays and lesbians from serving in the armed forces. In 2002, the Pentagon told Harvard and other schools that the government would begin enforcing a law, called the Solomon Amendment, which permits the Defense Department to deny funds to colleges and universities that restrict military recruiting or ROTC on campus. On Monday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Solomon Amendment, saying it infringed on the free speech rights of law schools. Harvard was not a party to the lawsuit. A spokesman for Boston College Law School, which had also changed its policy, said they were still reviewing the ruling. Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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