Court Rules Against Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

A federal appeals court ruled 8-7 that Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions is unconstitutional, six years after state voters said race could not be an issue in choosing students. WXYZ Action News 7 reports that the court said the 2006 amendment to the Michigan Constitution is illegal because it presents an extraordinary burden to opponents who would have to mount their own long, expensive campaign through the ballot box to protect affirmative actions. Judge R. Guy Cole Jr., who wrote for the majority at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, stated the burden “undermines the Equal Protection Clause's guarantee that all citizens ought to have equal access to the tools of political change” and that supporters and opponents should debate through the governing boards of each public university.