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State Attorney General takes affirmative action ban to U.S. Supreme Court

November 16, 2012
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LANSING –– Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to look at the state's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.

A federal appeals court struck down the ban as unconstitutional Thursday. Michigan voters in 2006 prohibited preferential treatment based on race, sex or ethnicity.

Schuette says entrance to public universities must be based on merit, not identity.

The winning attorney is George Washington, and he predicts the Supreme Court will take the case because two appeals courts in different parts of the country have issued different opinions on voter-approved bans on affirmative action.

Washington calls the decision in the Michigan case a "tremendous victory."

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