Both Democratic Governor Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos have voiced opposition to Proposal 2. Now former Republican Gov. William Milliken has also come out with an editorial in opposition to the measure that would end affirmative action:
In just a few weeks, the voters of Michigan will be facing an important choice that will define whether our state continues to build on the strengths of its diversity or closes the door on continued gender and racial progress. Such progress is a key to economic and social prosperity in the twenty-first century.
Proposal 2 on the November 7 ballot is a divisive and reckless proposal placed on Michigan’s ballot by outsiders led by Ward Connerly, a California millionaire and businessman. It is a dangerous attempt to turn back the clock to a time when there were few opportunities for women and minorities in the state. It must be defeated.
If passed, Proposal 2 will eliminate or challenge many of the initiatives that make us proud of our state and the commitment to diversity that it has demonstrated.
One United Michigan (the opposition group) lists hundreds of organizations in opposition. Here’s a link to the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative web site. I have to point out that I searched and searched and could not find ONE organization on their site endorsing the measure.