- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state’s ban on using race in university admissions.

The justices ruled 6-2 Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change the state Constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking race into account in admissions decisions.

The Supreme Court heard arguments in October after Schuette appealed a federal court’s decision to overturn the ban in 2012.

Schuette says the ruling is a “victory” for Michigan citizens who voted “to require equal treatment” in the admissions process.

The Republican attorney general says universities must “achieve a diverse student population but do it by constitutional means.”

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