In 2006, Michigan voters successfully passed Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that amended the Michigan state constitution and ended the state government’s use of racial preferences in employment decisions and in higher education admission systems. A plurality of Justices held that the amendment did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment.
The full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decided to consider the constitutionality of Michigan’s Proposal 2.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that Michigan’s Proposition 2 violates the United States Constitution.
A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit today heard oral argument in BAMN v. Granholm, the case that threatens the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.
U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson denied the ACLU’s motion (made on behalf of the “Cantrell Plaintiffs”) to amend or modify his March 2008 ruling upholding the right of Michigan citizens to amend the Michigan constitution to forbid the use of race in most state programs.
Voters in Nebraska voted by a wide margin to end preferential treatment based on skin color or gender in public education, contracting and employment. Initiative 424 passed 58% to 42%.
The National Association of Scholars website has posted an article authored by CIR president Terence Pell about recent CIR efforts to force three Michigan universities to disclose data showing the harmful effects of racial preference on the academic performance of minority students.
U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson ruled that Michigan’s Prop. 2 does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
CIR co-counsel Charles J. Cooper urged U.S. Federal District Court Judge David Lawson to reject all pending legal challenges to Prop. 2 as a matter of law.
CIR filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Eric Russell and all other similarly situated individuals applying to Michigan state schools. CIR asked the state court to issue a preliminary injunction immediately enforcing newly enacted Article I, Section 26 of the Michigan Constitution, which bars the use of race in any decision relating to admissions or financial aid by Michigan public educational institutions.
The Sixth Circuit issued an opinion vacating the district court’s order staying the enforcement of Prop 2.
CIR filed an emergency appeal with the Sixth Circuit challenging the District Court’s order delaying the implementation of Prop 2.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued an order delaying the implementation of Prop 2.
The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By Any Means Necessary files a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Prop 2, claiming that it violates the equal protection clause.
The people of Michigan voted overwhelmingly to prohibit the use of race as a factor in academic admissions, government employment, and government contracting.