A New Reason To Block Bans on Shari'ah Law: International Adoption

Governor's veto keeps Missouri from becoming seventh state to ban foreign laws from state courts.

(RNS) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have made his state the seventh in the nation to prohibit judges from considering Shari'ah, or Islamic law, and other "foreign laws" in their decisions.

But rather than citing the usual arguments about anti-Muslim discrimination and the freedom of religion, Nixon introduced a new argument against such legislation, asserting it would make it harder for Missouri families to adopt children from overseas.

Nixon said if state judges would not be able to consider foreign decrees that are sometimes required to finalize adoptions, adoptive families and children would be left stranded.

"This legislation seeks to solve a problem that does not exist, while creating the very real problem of jeopardizing Missouri's families' ability to adopt children from foreign countries," Nixon, a Democrat, said at a news conference Monday (June 3) held at the St. Louis office of Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri, which helps arrange foreign ...

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