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The U.S. Supreme Court is already considering the highly charged Fisher v. University of Texas case, a challenge to the school's use of race as a consideration in its admissions process, and now it's taking on another affirmative action case: Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the New York Times reports. The case concerns a ballot measure in Michigan that eliminated race-based admissions in public universities. The measure passed but was overturned in November by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

This isn't the first time the Supreme Court has heard a Michigan-based affirmative action case. Ten years ago, in the landmark Grutter v. Bollinger case, the Supreme Court upheld the affirmative action policies at the University of Michigan Law School.

2013 is the year of controversial social issues for the Supreme Court. Justices are now hearing arguments in a case that will decide the fate of marriage equality across the U.S.

Read more at the New York Times.