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Michigan Voters Ban Affirmative Action

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Michigan Voters Ban Affirmative Action

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Michigan Voters Ban Affirmative Action

Michigan Voters Ban Affirmative Action

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This week, Michigan became the third state to ban affirmative action in the public arena based on race, gender, and ethnic status. It follows California and Washington.

Michigan voters passed the ballot initiative by a wide margin.

Figuring out the proposal's effects will not be simple, says Kari Moss, who heads the Michigan ACLU. She worries that some perfectly legal programs may close over fears of being sued. Her office began receiving a barrage of calls early on Wednesday morning.

And the University of Michigan is taking a defiant stance, promising a challenge in the courts. The school has previously mounted a successful multi-million-dollar defense of affirmative action, in a case that went to the Supreme Court.

From Michigan Public Radio, Tracy Samilton reports.