High Court Affirmative Action Ruling Goes Beyond Schools

By Dietrich Knauth (April 24, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold a Michigan law banning affirmative action programs for university admissions will make it easier for states to pass similar laws banning state-level contracting preferences for minority-owned and women-owned businesses, experts said.

In Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Michigan law that banned affirmative action programs for university admissions, public employment and state contracting, reversing a narrow Sixth Circuit decision holding that the voter-approved ban ran afoul of the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause.

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