Michigan Overwhelmingly Adopts Ban on Affirmative-Action Preferences

Foes of the ballot measure vow to keep fighting while supporters eye new fronts

Michigan promises to again be the focus of intense legal wrangling over affirmative action as a result of last week's passage of a state ballot proposal that bans public colleges and other state agencies from using preferences to promote diversity.

The measure, which appeared on the ballot as Proposal 2 and was known as the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, amended the Constitution of the Great Lakes State to prohibit state agencies and institutions from operating affirmative-action