California's high court on Aug. 2 upheld the state's 14-year-old law barring preferential treatment of women and minorities in public school admissions, government hiring, and contracting, reports the Associated Press. In a 6-1 ruling, the state Supreme Court rejected arguments from the city of San Francisco and Attorney General Jerry Brown that the law, known as Proposition 209, violates federal equality protections. Opponents of the ban say it creates barriers for minorities and women that don't exist for other groups, such as veterans seeking preference. The ruling written by Justice Kathryn Werdegar came in response to lawsuits filed by white...

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