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ACLU Asks Court to Enjoin Sharia Law Measure (May 10, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man wants a federal appeals court to uphold an injunction against a proposed amendment to the state's Constitution that would prohibit state courts from considering international or Islamic Sharia Law when deciding cases.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange has granted a preliminary injunction against certification of State Question 755, which was approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters on Nov. 2. The state appealed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The measure was challenged in a lawsuit filed by Muneer Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma. Awad alleges the measure would stigmatize his religion and invalidate his will that is based in part on Islamic Law.

Awad asked the appeals court to uphold Miles-Lagrange in legal papers filed late Monday.

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