Friday, May 25, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill aimed at keeping Kansas courts or government agencies from basing decisions on Islamic or other foreign legal codes.
Brownback's office notified the Senate of his action Friday, but
he actually signed the measure Monday. The new law will take effect
Muslim groups had urged him to veto the measure, arguing it
promotes discrimination. Supporters say it simply restates American
Supporters have worried about Shariah law being applied in
Kansas courts. However, they also point out that the bill doesn't
specifically mention codes within the Islamic legal system.
Instead, it says courts or other tribunals can't base rulings on
any foreign law or legal system that would not grant rights
guaranteed by state and U.S. constitutions.