Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (April 22, 2013) — Last Friday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law the American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation, which prohibits the application of foreign law – including, but not limited to sharia – when it would violate fundamental constitutional rights such as due process and equal protection. The Oklahoma law, like those signed into law in Kansas, Arizona, Tennessee, and Louisiana, and which is pending in dozens of other states, was modeled after legislation drafted by David Yerushalmi, Co-Founder and Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), a national nonprofit Judeo-Christian law firm.
Yerushalmi commented: “This is a tremendous victory for the constitutional rights of Oklahomans. To great effect, this law now precludes Oklahoma state courts from enforcing foreign laws or judgments when doing so would deprive a party of a constitutional right or liberty. On a broader level, the passage of this law signals that ALAC is gaining momentum across the country as the Obama administration continues its acquiescence to foreign laws and jurisdictions.”
The legislation was sponsored in the State House by Representative Sally Rogers Kern and in the State Senate by Senator Gary Stanislawski. It was approved in the House of Representatives by an 85-7 margin and in the Senate by a 40-3 margin.
A copy of the legislation is available here.