Federal appeals court urged to block Oklahoma Islamic law ban

The Jurist

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Monday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to uphold a lower court ruling that blocked an Oklahoma constitutional amendment banning courts from considering international or Islamic law.

Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved the measure, State Question 755, last November with 70 percent of the vote.

The ACLU and CAIR filed suit on behalf of Oklahoma citizen Muneer Awad, who argued that the ban would invalidate part of his will, which is partially rooted in Islamic Sharia Law, and a judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma issued a temporary injunction.

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