Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday vetoed an anti-"Sharia Law" bill, saying that in its zeal to address an imaginary problem, the legislation creates a real one for parents seeking foreign adoptions.
The bill would make it illegal for Missouri to enforce any foreign law or legal decision deemed "repugnant or inconsistent" with Missouri or U.S. law. It doesn't specify Islamist Sharia religious law, but it's part of a movement by conservative lawmakers in more than 20 states who have pushed similar measures to highlight alleged Sharia influences in the U.S.
"There are certainly problems facing our state and nation, but this isn't one of them," said Nixon, speaking to families at Lutheran Family and Children's Services, a major adoption proponent.