The United Kingdom now has 85 separate Shariah courts for Muslims that operate inparallel with the Crown courts of the nation, and one judge in New Jersey already has cited Shariah in a defense of a man accused of assaulting his wife, but such decisions suddenly have become illegal in Oklahoma.
It’s the first state – and many more are watching – to put before voters the proposition that Shariah courts, Shariah laws and Shariah-based court decisions should be banned.
State lawmakers approved the ban in July and put it on today’s ballot, with multiple polls showing significant support for it.
According to the secretary of state’s election results, with about half of the precincts reporting, the measure was being approved by voters by a 2-1 margin. There were 239,654 votes for and 100,463 against.