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March 30, 2004

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House Vote an Affront to University Non-Discrimination Policies

"Schools should never be forced to allow discrimination," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives today approved by vote of 343-81 legislation that would strengthen the ability of military recruiters to violate university non-discrimination policies.

"Schools should never be forced to allow discrimination," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "There's no need for legislation that requires discrimination."

An existing law known as the Solomon Amendment already requires universities to give the military the ability to recruit and interview students without signing a sexual orientation-inclusive non-discrimination policy, even if the schools require such policies from other prospective employers. Although many universities grant military recruiters access to students, the legislation would require universities to certify such access or risk losing all federal funding.

The measure, known as The ROTC and Military Recruiter Equal Access to Campus Act of 2004 (H.R. 3966), was introduced March 12 by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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