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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

California Ballot Block

LOS ANGELES () -- A federal judge Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of California's ballot initiative to dismantle affirmative action, saying there is a "strong probability'' that it will be proven unconstitutional and permanently struck down.

Saying he did not lightly decide to negate the will of the electorate, Chief U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against Proposition 209, which was approved by 54 percent of the state's voters Nov. 5. His order bars implementation of the ballot measure, which would prohibit racial or gender preferences in public employment, education or contracting, at least until a hearing Dec. 16.