Lawyers and defendants in South Carolina would not be able to cite Sharia law or other international defenses in court cases if a Charleston lawmaker's proposal is enacted.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Chip Limehouse, is one step closer to becoming law after the House on Thursday approved it on a second reading. The proposal prevents an attorney from arguing that the laws of a client's home country allow for certain actions. It passed 68-42.

Sharia law is the legal framework where the public and some private aspects of life are regulated under legal systems based on Islam.

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