The House approved a bill that keeps judges from considering sharia law in state court decisions.
Instances of American judges using sharia law in rulings make the measure necessary, said Sen. E.S. “Buck” Newton, a Wilson Republican and the legislation’s Senate sponsor. It would protect people’s constitutional rights from being taken away by foreign laws.
“It follows legislation that has been proven in five other states that has not been challenged to date,” said Rep. Chris Whitmire of Brevard, a Republican and the bill’s House sponsor. “This protects women and minorities, it ultimately protects our U.S. and state constitutional rights.”
House Bill 522 will be sent to the governor after a 75-37 vote. It doesn't specifically mention sharia law, a legal system based on Islamic teachings. It could affect agreements based on other foreign laws, as well, if those agreements are judged as conflicting with the constitutional rights of an involved party.