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Reactions To Supreme Court Ruling On Michigan Affirmative Action

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(WLNS) - Tuesday's 6-2 ruling by the US Supreme Court upholding Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions is drawing reactions from both sides of the issue.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who was the plaintiff in the case, said, "The U.S. Supreme Court made the right call today. Our state constitution requires equal treatment in college admissions, because it is fundamentally wrong to treat people differently based on the color of their skin. A majority of Michigan voters embraced the ideal of equal treatment in 2006, and today their decision was affirmed."

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a 58 page opinion against the decision.  She said the decision tramples on the rights of minorities, even though the amendment was adopted democratically.  In her dissent she said, “But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy decided in favor of the ruling.  He said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences because they deemed them unwise. He added that nothing in the Constitution or the court's prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine election results. “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it,” Kennedy said.

We also got a quick reaction from Michigan State University where the board of trustees is meeting today. President Lou Anna Simon telling our Joe Khalil that inclusion will be a priority that the University will strongly pursue.

Rick Fitzgerald, spokesperson for the University of Michigan, said. "The ruling has no effect on our policies, which already are consistent with Proposal 2 of 2006.We remain committed to the goal of a diverse, academically excellent, student body, and will continue to seek to achieve that goal in ways that comply with the law."

Reactions were quickly seen on today's ruling on the WLNS Facebook wall. Jaime Viers of Vandercook Lake wrote, "I hope the voters recognize that equality should be color blind. Race should never be considered when looking at admission."  Cindy Marshall said, "You all need to get over this. Black, white, gay or straight it shouldn't matter we should all be treated fairly." Jenny Fry in Eaton Rapids added, "Why does there have to be a law for this? Should not even be an issue!"

There will have more on today's decision on 6 News at 5 and 6
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