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Justices uphold ban by voters on use of race in admissions

WASHINGTON — In a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities.

The 6-2 ruling effectively endorsed similar measures in seven other states, including New Hampshire. It may also encourage more states to enact measures banning the consideration of race in admissions or to develop race-neutral alternatives to ensure diversity.

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