Senator Ellis reacts to Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. UT

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(Houston, TX) // Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Fisher v. UT case:

“I am extremely pleased that the Supreme Court recognized that we cannot afford to roll back the clock on a half century of progress,” said Senator Ellis. “This ruling ensures that the well-established use of affirmative action to ensure diversity on campuses can be maintained, while at the same time guaranteeing that laws providing equal opportunity for all will not be tossed aside en masse.”

Ellis continued: “Late last year, I organized 52 other members of the Texas Legislature to sign an amicus brief in support of the University of Texas’ holistic, individualized admissions process. The brief reflected the members’ ‘obligation to be aware of demographics so that we can ensure, as we must, that visibly open pathways to leadership and opportunity exist for all Texas citizens.’ I am very pleased that a majority of the Court agreed with our analysis.”

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