Restraining Order Extended

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla judge extends restraining order against law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal judge has extended a temporary restraining order blocking a constitutional amendment to prohibit state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange took the action Monday following a hearing on a preliminary injunction against the amendment. Miles-LaGrange extended the temporary restraining order until Nov. 29 to give her time to hand down a ruling.

The temporary restraining order initially was granted on Nov. 8.

Seventy percent of Oklahoma voters approved the measure in the Nov. 2 election, but Muneer Awad, who is Muslim and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, filed a lawsuit.

Awad alleges that the law violates his constitutional rights to freely practice his religion.

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