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Alabama Joins Wave of States Banning Foreign Laws
Alabama has become the seventh state to ban Sharia law via a ballot measure that prohibits its courts from considering foreign, international or religious law.
With 79 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, the ballot measure, called the "American and Alabama Laws and Alabama Courts Amendment," passed overwhelmingly with 72 percent of voters in support.
The ban clarifies the state constitution to say that other state laws or foreign law cannot be used in ways that violate state law or rights under the Alabama Constitution or the U.S. Constitution. In 2012, an unsuccessful ballot measure, also proposed by Republican state Sen. Gerald Allen, would have explicitly banned state courts from implementing Islamic Shariah law.
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