Yale Law School will end its policy of not working with military recruiters following a court ruling this week that jeopardized about $300 million in federal funding, school officials said Wednesday.You see how liberals' principles are for sale. Pretty cheap, too, given the over $1 billion dollars in endowments that Yale owns.
Yale and other universities had objected to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that allows gay men and women to serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation to themselves. Yale Law School had refused to assist military recruiters because the Pentagon wouldn't sign a nondiscrimination pledge.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Yale on Monday, rejecting its argument that its right to academic freedom was infringed by federal law that says universities must give the military the same access as other job recruiters or forfeit federal money.
"The fact is we have been forced under enormous pressure to acquiescence in a policy that we believe is deeply offensive and harmful to our students," said Robert Burt, a Yale law professor who was lead plaintiff in the case.
The funding loss would have devastated the university's medical research into cancer, heart disease and other illnesses, Burt said.
I like how he threw in that comment about medical research. So I guess the whole $300 million went into medical research and that can't be replaced elsewhere, huh? And none of that $300 mill went anywhere else. Bad, bad Bush government, threatening to cancel cancer research. Oh, my!