Arizona approves anti-affirmative action measure

Posted: Updated:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Voters have given their approval to a measure aimed at ending the concept of affirmative action in Arizona.

Proposition 107 does not include the words "affirmative action" but that clearly was the target of the measure, which was referred to voters by the Legislature after supporters failed to gather enough signatures to get it on the ballot two years ago.

The proposition bans state and local governments from discrimination and preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity and sex.

The measure provides what could be a broad exception for "bona fide" qualifications based on sex and for a preference or program whose elimination would violate a court order or lead to the loss of federal funds.

© 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.