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AG Schuette Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Affirmative Action Ban

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is taking the state’s ban on affirmative action to the U.S. Supreme Court. Schuette filed paperwork Thursday asking the high court to take the case.  

Michigan voters in 2006 approved an amendment to the state constitution banning universities from considering the race of applicants. Last month, a federal court said the ban violates the equal protection clause of the U-S Constitution.

Joy Yearout is a spokesperson for state Attorney General Bill Schuette. She expects the Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

“There are at least seven other states that have similar provisions on the books, and both state and federal courts have found those to be constitutional,” she says.

The Supreme Court can choose to take the case or let the lower court’s decision stand.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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