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Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

April 22, 2014
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A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences said the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is a "great victory" for voters and the state.

Jennifer Gratz said the ruling is good news for university applicants who will know they're being accepted or rejected based on merit.

But a lawyer who challenged the voter-approved affirmative action ban said taking away the rights of minorities is a "shocking decision."

George Washington said the Supreme Court is undoing rights gained by blacks and Latinos decades ago.

The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions.

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