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US Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.

The justices said in a 6-2 ruling today that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices say that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.

A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is a "great victory" for voters and the state.

Jennifer Gratz says the ruling Tuesday is good news for university applicants who will know they're being accepted or rejected based on merit.

But a lawyer who challenged the voter-approved affirmative action ban says taking away the rights of minorities is a "shocking decision." George Washington says the Supreme Court is undoing rights gained by blacks and Latinos decades ago.

 

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