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Obama weighs in on Amendment 46

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What does the country’s first black presumptive presidential nominee think of Colorado’s proposed constitutional Amendment 46, which would ban affirmative action in state government and education?

It’s a fair enough question, since anti-affirmative action activist Ward Connerly used Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy to bolster his argument that affirmative action is no longer necessary. Obama disagrees.

Candice Tolliver, an Obama campaign spokeswoman, said Obama “opposes these ballot initiatives, which would roll back opportunity for millions of Americans and cripple efforts to break down historic barriers to the progress of qualified women and minorities.”

The Colorado Council of Churches also has voiced opposition to the initiative. Jim Ryan, the council’s executive director, said, “Progress has been made in overcoming the effects of centuries of discrimination against women and people of color, but we are not there yet. As people of faith, we feel called to stand with them.” 

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