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Supreme Court upholds state of Michigan’s affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court upheld a Michigan ban on the use of race as a factor in admissions to state universities.

The court said it was not ruling on the “constitutionality of race-conscious admissions policies” but instead “whether, and in what manner, voters in the states may choose to prohibit the consideration of racial preferences in government decisions.”

In 2006, Michigan voters approved a state constitutional amendment barring preferential treatment based on race, gender, ethnicity or national origin. In addition to Michigan, seven other states have similar bans in place, according to the Pew Research Center. Those states are Arizona, California, Florida, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington.