US court strikes down voter-approved ban on affirmative action in Michigan
Michigan's 2006 ban on affirmative action in college, hiring thrown out of court
A federal appeals court has thrown out Michigan's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in college admissions and public hiring.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to look at the state's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Michigan voters in 2006 prohibited preferential treatment based on race, sex or ethnicity.
The decision forced the University of Michigan and other public schools to change policies.
The court says the amendment to the Michigan Constitution is illegal because it presents an extraordinary burden to opponents who would have to mount their own long, expensive campaign to protect affirmative action.
Schuette says entrance to public universities must be based on merit, not identity.
The winning attorney is George Washington, and he predicts the Supreme Court will take the case because two appeals courts in different parts of the country have issued different opinions on voter-approved bans on affirmative action.
Washington calls the decision in the Michigan case a "tremendous victory."
The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said Thursday that the burden undermines a federal right that all citizens "have equal access to the tools of political change."
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