Conservative Jews and Gays

The New York Times reports (no-login copy here) that the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards is considering lifting a ban on gay rabbis and same-sex marriages. The group, which represents the rabbis of Conservative Judaism, voted 19-3 (with one abstention) in 1992 to ban admission of homosexuals to rabbinical and cantorial schools, so this would represent quite a shift. There are more details in the article.

SCOTUS Upholds Solomon Amendment

The Supreme Court upheld the Solomon Amendment, which bars colleges from accepting federal funds if they refuse to allow military recruiters on their campuses. The unanimous (8-0, since Alito had not been confirmed when the case was argued) opinion was the third written by Chief Justice John Roberts. Thirty-six law schools had challenged the law in the case, Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, 04-1152.

I will post a link to the opinion as soon as it is available online.

EDIT: The opinion is now available, here.

Phone Disconnect

I’m pretty sure nobody out there had my apartment phone number, anyway, but FYI: I’m having it disconnected, since I’ve placed maybe 3 calls on it and received about that many (other than telemarketers, do-not-call list aside) in 6 months. My contact page always has current info.