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Okla. Lawmaker Eyes Fix to Islamic Law Ruling (Jan 11, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma lawmaker hopes to revive a bill she says will address the concerns of an appellate court that ruled a proposed state constitutional amendment discriminates against religions.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Sally Kern said Wednesday a bill she introduced last year would prohibit state courts from basing rulings or decisions on foreign laws, but does not target any religion specifically. Her bill passed the House overwhelmingly last year, but was not granted a hearing in the Senate.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that a constitutional amendment to ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law likely is unconstitutional.

More than 70 percent of Oklahoma voters approved the proposal in 2010, but a Muslim community leader challenged it as an official disapproval of his faith.


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