Argument: Oct 15 2013 (Aud.)
Background: In 2006, Michigan voters passed (by a 58%-42% margin) a ballot initiative (Proposal 2) to amend the state constitution "to prohibit all sex-and race-based preferences in public education, public employment, and public contracting..." The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and other interest groups filed a lawsuit alleging that Proposal 2 violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Sixth Circuit reversed the District Court, finding that that Proposal 2 impermissibly altered the political process in violation of the Equal Protection Clause. Sitting en banc, a fractured Sixth Circuit agreed with the panel's decision and reversed the District Court.
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