WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on the use of racial affirmative action in its state universities Tuesday, ruling that voters are entitled to decide the issue.
The 6-2 decision clears away constitutional challenges to the state bans on affirmative action, which began in California in 1996.
In 2003, the high court upheld an affirmative action policy at the
But that policy was challenged as discriminatory by two groups that had advocated for affirmative action. And the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati declared it unconstitutional on the grounds that it took away a policy that had helped minority students.
Tuesday’s ruling is not a surprise, since a majority of the sitting justices have been skeptical of affirmative action. Justice