6th Circ. Strikes Down Mich. Anti-Affirmative Action Law

Law360, New York (July 1, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Friday struck down a Michigan constitutional amendment banning affirmative action from state universities and government agencies, ruling that such a ban violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.

The law “unconstitutionally alters Michigan’s political structure by impermissibly burdening racial minorities,” the three-judge panel said in its ruling.

The amendment, known as Proposal 2, passed by referendum in 2006. It prohibits the state's public universities from “granting preferential treatment” to racial minorities and women, thereby ending affirmative action admissions policies that had been...
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