Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 4, 2010
Sen. Anthony Sykes
Senator Sykes Pleased by Passage of State
State Sen. Anthony
Sykes said he was extremely pleased by the overwhelming support
voters gave for a Constitutional amendment to make English the state’s
official language and a second Constitutional amendment to ban Oklahoma
courts from considering international or Sharia law when making
decisions. Sykes, R-Moore, was the Senate author of legislation
placing the two questions before voters.
“I’m extremely pleased that both questions were not
only approved, but passed by overwhelming margins,” Sykes
said. “Yesterday’s awesome support of these two state
questions reflects the values and ideals so important to citizens
in every part of Oklahoma.”
State Question 751 is a Constitutional amendment that requires all
official state actions to be conducted in English, protecting Oklahoma
from costly legal actions seeking to force the state to provide
services in multiple languages. It received the highest percentage
of approval of the nine state questions passed.
State Question 755 is a Constitutional amendment forbidding Oklahoma
courts from using foreign or Sharia law as a basis for any legal
decisions. Sharia is Islamic law based on the Quran and is used
to govern such countries as Iran.
“Certainly each of these measures had critics, but the crushing
margins by which these Constitutional amendments passed shows without
a doubt that those critics are deeply out of touch with the values
and views of Oklahomans, just as Washington D.C. is out of touch
with America,” Sykes said.
Sykes serves as Majority Whip and represents Cleveland, Grady, McClain
and Stephens Counties.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569