Court Extends Ban on Okla. Sharia Amendment

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A federal judge has extended a restraining order blocking a voter-approved ban on Islamic Sharia law in Oklahoma.

"It's certainly not a matter to be taken lightly with what is at stake here," U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange said at the end of a two-hour hearing Monday.

The judge said she needs at least a week to consider the suit brought by Oklahoma City resident Muneer Awad.

Awad, a member of the local council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR, has argued the ban violates his religious rights.

"It's an evil that needs to be stamped out, and it needs to start here," Awad's attorney, Michael Salem, told the judge.
   
The ban in State Question 755 was approved by 70 percent of Oklahomans on Nov. 2.

Awad wants the judge to strike the measure down, but state leaders say the will of the voters should be respected.

"We want to make sure here in Oklahoma, we never have a case of marital rape or all this other horrible things people allege under the guides of Sharia Law," Rep. Kevin Calvey, R-Okla., said.

The judge is expected to make a ruling by Monday, Nov. 29.

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