MADISON - A Madison couple sued the state Thursday over a college grant program for minorities that they argue violates the Wisconsin Constitution.
The suit, brought with the assistance of the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, contends the minority grant program operated by the state's Higher Educational Aids Board violates the clause of the state constitution that says everyone is equal. The grants are available to some minorities but not other minorities.
Those bringing the lawsuit want the grants to be given out based on financial need, not race.
Among those bringing the lawsuit are Konkanok Rabiebna and Richard Freihoefer of Madison. Rabiebna is from Thailand and Freihoefer is white. Their biracial teenage son does not qualify for the grant program.
“Government programs must be available to everybody, not just certain racial groups," Rabiebna said in a statement.