Ban On Affirmative Action In University Admissions Declared Unconstitutional

LANSING, MICHIGAN

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals declared unconstitutional the ban on affirmative action in university admissions approved by Michigan voters several years ago. The decision was entered today.

The majority opinion held that the state ban on affirmative action violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Court reasond that the state ban made it more difficult for a minority student to get a university to adopt a race-conscious admissions policy than it is for a white student to get a university to adopt an admissions policy that considers family alumni connections.

In 2006 the people of the State of Michigan banned affirmative action in university admissions and government contracting and hiring. This was a very important decision issued by the 6th Circuit on an issue with massive implications.

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