High Court Upholds Mich.'s Affirmative Action Ban

Law360, New York (April 22, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law that banned affirmative action programs for university admissions, reversing a narrow Sixth Circuit decision holding that the voter-approved ban ran afoul of the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause.

The opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy said that unlike prior affirmative action cases dealing with the prevention of injury caused on account of race, the Michigan case examined whether voters approving the state's controversial Proposal 2 did so within the bounds of their democratic rights....
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