Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban
The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 ruling, has upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions, saying voters have the right to change state constitution.
Read more on the decision from FoxNews.com:
The justices said in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences because they deemed them unwise.
Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court's prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor in dissent.
This morning on America’s Newsroom, Fox News contributor David Webb said the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling is “significant.”
Webb called affirmative action “discrimination,” and said it’s no longer needed in America.
“Now it has become a tool, especially with the state institutions in Michigan, of denying access to Americans based on ethnic identity,” he said.
Emily Tisch Sussman, campaign director for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, disagreed with Webb that the ruling was based on the legality of affirmative action.
“It’s a matter of whether it is okay for the voters to take away the state’s ability to use this in state universities on the ballot,” she said.
Watch the full debate above.