U.S. Supreme Court Creates “Tyranny of the Majority” Debate by Affirming Michigan Referendum’s Ban on Race-Based College Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court Creates “Tyranny of the Majority” Debate by Affirming Michigan Referendum’s Ban on Race-Based College Admissions

In 2006 voters in Michigan voted to ban race-based college admissions, but the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the referendum on the grounds that it violated the U.S. constitution’s equal protection clause.  The U.S. Supreme Court has overruled the overruling, deciding 6-2 that the appellate court could not nullify a state’s public referendum.  But what does this mean for other state referendums, like ones upholding bans on gay marriage?

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