Oklahoma's attempt to "specifically target and outlaw Shariah," or Islamic law, is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City permanently blocked state officials from certifying the 2010 election results for the so-called "Save Our State Amendment," which "forbids courts from considering or using international law [and] Sharia Law" when deciding cases.
Seventy percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment on Nov. 2, 2010. It had been placed on the ballot after state lawmakers passed a similar measure, House Joint Resolution 1056, about six months earlier.
Two days after the election, Muneer Awad, the former head of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK), challenged the amendment's constitutionality in federal court.