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AG Bill Schuette Will Take Affirmative Action to Top Court

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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.

A federal appeals court struck down the ban as unconstitutional Thursday. Michigan voters in 2006 prohibited preferential treatment based on race, sex or ethnicity.

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 Director of Policy for Equality Michigan, Emily Dievendorf later released this statement, in favor of the movement, "Affirmative action is important to anyone in Michigan who values diversity and attempts to undo decades of oppression. While this is not the final step in our battle defending affirmative action that began in 2006, it is a significant step towards removing messages of hate and intolerance from Michigan's Constitution."

6 News Reporter Nick Perrault is working this story and will have more tonight.

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