A bill passed by the South Carolina House that would have made Sharia law an illegal defense in South Carolina courts was narrowly defeated in the Senate Wednesday after no discussion. The bill failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee with a slim 9-10 vote.
Post & Courier“There’s no need to talk about it, let’s just do it,” said Committee Chairman Larry Martin, R-Pickens, as the vote was being taken. Martin voted in favor of the legislation.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Chip Limehouse, would have prevented an attorney from arguing that the laws of a client’s home country allow for certain actions.
Sharia law is the legal framework where the public and some private aspects of life are regulated under legal systems based on Islam. The bill passed the House 68-42 in January.