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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Demonstrators gathered at the Supreme Court Tuesday as the justices heard arguments on a Michigan Affirmative Action Case.
In 2006, Michigan voters banned public universities from giving minorities preferential treatment in college admissions. Jennifer Gratz campaigned for the ban. Nearly 20 years ago the University of Michigan rejected the honor student while accepting minorities with lower GPA's.
"I don't believe that race preferences are fair, and I don't believe they should be constitutional," said Gratz.
But last year, a federal court ruled the affirmative action ban unconstitutional. Now, the issues is back in front of the highest court, putting Michigan at the forefront again.
"The state's argument is that it's simply not required to have affirmative action programs based on race, ethnicity and gender, and that the people have decided not to have those programs," said Kevin Saunders, a Constitutional law professor at MSU.
In 2006, Michigan voters approved Prop 2, which banned all forms of affirmative action based on race. A federal court has since deemed Prop 2 unconstitutional, but MSU Law Professor Kevin Saunders says he doesn't think that ruling will stand.
"The likelihood seems to be that they'll reverse the sixth circuit and allow the proposal to stand," said Saunders.
While the opponents of Prop 2 say that affirmative action prevents discrimination, the attorney general maintains the law in itself is discriminatory.
"It's fundamentally wrong to treat people differently based on their race or their color of their skin," said Bill Schuette.
Schuette says he's not entirely against school admissions giving certain students preference, as long as it's not based on race.
"We ought to look at admissions based on socio-economic backgrounds. Did they go to a good school or a bad school," said Schuette. He says he's confident the court will rule in the state's favor.
Five other states have passed similar bans on affirmative action. The Supreme Court's ruling on Michigan's law could set the legal precedent for those states as well.
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