It's the beginning of a six-month battle involving affirmative action and a proposed petition for the November election. Those for and against it started today by outlining their stance.
Those for affirmative action say the effort, to get certain aspects of it banned from colleges, school districts and state and local government, is a mistake. Michael Rice, Executive Director of Citizens for a United Michigan, says the timing of the petition drive is bad. Rise says Michigan is trying to come together on a lot of issues and this could stir up anger instead.
Those backing the petition drive to ban sex, race, color, ethnicity or national origin discrimination say it's absolutely necessary. State Representative Jack Brandenburg says he doesn't think that there is anything more discriminating, if not insulting, then to give preferential treatment to one group of people at the expense of another group of people based on race.
Close to 320,000 signatures are needed to bring the petition to the November ballot. If brought to the ballot, voted on and passed, the Michigan Constitution will be amended.