Not surprisingly, immediately following the ruling, many colleges announced they would comply with the justices' decision. Not doing so, after all, would have meant colossal cuts in budgets for many critically important institutions, such as Harvard Medical School, which receives millions of dollars in public funding for often ground-breaking research and testing. But this week, the issue has re-emerged as one school, which is also the recipient of significant federal funds, expressed dismay at the possible return of military recruiters to its campus.
Columbia University's President is taking a principled, and potentially costly, stand against LGBT discrimination. In an email recently sent to students, Lee Bollinger declared that he was concerned about the possible return of an ROTC program to the campus, because of the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that bars openly gay Americans from the armed forces.
"Under the current 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy of the Defense Department, openly gay and lesbian students could or would be excluded from participating in ROTC activities. That is inconsistent with the fundamental values of the university," he said in his message to the Columbia community.