The Rutgers Law School-Newark Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey today announced plans to protest JAG's efforts to recruit at the law school on Monday. The chapter objects to the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian men and women.
“By singling out openly gay and lesbian service members for discrimination, the National Defense Authorization Act (‘don't ask, don't tell’) violates the rights of gays and lesbians to equal protection of law, freedom of expression, and freedom of association,” said Joe Blaney, the chapter's president. “What's more, Rutgers is required to let them recruit here. All other on-campus interviewers must sign a statement that they will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. 'Don't ask, don't tell' does exactly this. We believe that Rutgers should not be forced to allow any discriminatory employer to recruit at our law school.”
“By protesting JAG's presence, we seek to show our support for intelligent University policy and to express our commitment to the principles of equality embodied by our country's Constitution.”
The protest will be held in the atrium of the Rutgers law School in Newark, and will last throughout the day.
The RUCLU is joined by the Rutgers Law School Gay and Lesbian Caucus and the Rutgers Law School Women's Rights Forum in this endeavor.