An Oklahoma federal judge struck down a state constitutional amendment that forbade its courts from considering Islamic law in judicial decisions.
The constitutional amendment — approved by more than 70% of Oklahoma voters in 2010 — was part of a broader national push led by a handful of organizations that claim Islamic Sharia law is creeping into courtrooms. WSJ wrote about the anti-Sharia movement last year.
Because the proposed amendment discriminated among religions, Oklahoma needed to show a compelling state interest to justify it, U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City wrote in her decision.
The decision, made on Thursday, largely mirrors an earlier ruling by the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a temporary injunction against the amendment in 2010.
“Having carefully reviewed the parties’ submissions, and for the same reasons set forth by the Tenth Circuit, the Court finds that defendants have failed to assert a compelling state interest and have, therefore, failed to satisfy strict scrutiny,” stated Judge Miles-LaGrange.
Oklahoma argued that the amendment didn’t infringe upon anyone’s religious practices. ”It neither favors nor discriminates against any religion,” the state claimed.