State lawmakers have given final approval to ban courts from recognizing "foreign law" in family court matters.
The House originally approved the bill in May, but it was turned into an abortion bill by Senate leaders. So, a new version had to be produced, said sponsor Rep. Chris Whitmire, R-Transylvania.
It prohibits courts from recognizing "foreign law" if it infringes on U.S. or state constitutional rights. The bill doesn't use the term "sharia" because a federal appeals court ruled in 2012 that a sharia law ban passed in Oklahoma was unconstitutional and discriminatory against Islam.