Court to revisit affirmative action ruling

“The decision from July was ridiculous and not based on facts and law. It looks like the people’s voices will be the last say. Judges shouldn’t overturn the people’s vote. They don’t have that authority.” Jennifer Gratz

A federal appeals court said Friday it would take another look at the decision that threw out Michigan’s voter-approved ban on consideration of race and gender in college admissions and government hiring.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a decision from a three-member panel in July, which found the state’s ban on racial preferences to be unconstitutional. Statewide voters approved the ban in 2006.

Proponents lauded the decision to reconsider. Jennifer Gratz, a Southgate native who was rejected for admission by the University of Michigan and spearheaded the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative ballot proposal, was pleased by Friday’s ruling.


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