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Sixth Circuit Strikes Down Michigan’s Affirmative-Action Ban


A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit this morning struck down Michigan’s ban on government discrimination and preference on the basis of race, ethnicity, and sex because the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. You can’t make this stuff up, folks. The good news is that I cannot imagine the decision will stand. The panel was divided 2–1, and the Republican appointees on the full Sixth Circuit outnumber the Democratic appointees 10–5. And then there’s the Supreme Court. Still, a disappointing decision.


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