The Associated Press reports that an amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law discriminates against religions and a Muslim community leader has the right to challenge its constitutionality, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.
The court said backers of the amendment didn’t know of an instance when an Oklahoma court applied Sharia law or used the legal precepts of other countries.
“When the law that voters wish to enact is likely unconstitutional, their interests do not outweigh Mr. Awad’s in having his constitutional rights protected,” the court said.
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Photo by David McDaniel: Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations holds news conference critical of pending bill that would outlaw international and Sharia law, Monday, April 11, 2011. Oklahoma City Councilman elect Ed Shadid peaks at the press conferences.