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US appeals court stays affirmative action ruling

Updated: November 30, 2012 2:50PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court is temporarily staying its declaration that Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions is unconstitutional after state Attorney General Bill Schuette appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Schuette spokeswoman Joy Yearout said Friday the law remains in effect unless the high court refuses to hear the appeal. If the Supreme Court takes the case, the law will continue until a ruling is made.

Michigan voters in 2006 amended the state constitution to ban the use of race in choosing students.

On Nov. 15, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the amendment presents an extraordinary burden to opponents and undermines an Equal Protection Clause guarantee in the U.S. Constitution.

Schuette claims the appeals court misapplied equal protection precedents.

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