Oklahoma State Senate
Senator Anthony Sykes
Assistant Majority Leader
State Capitol Room 426
Oklahoma City , Oklahoma 73105
(405) 521-5569

For Immediate Release: April 11, 2011

Sen. Anthony Sykes
Sen. Anthony Sykes

Sykes Responds to Questions Regarding SQ 755

Today, State Senator Anthony Sykes, author of State Question 755, the “Save Our State” Amendment that banned the use of International Law and Sharia Law in Oklahoma, responded to questions regarding the measure.

“There has been a lot of misinformation generated that HB 1552 is the ‘No Sharia or International Law’ that was passed last November by Oklahoma voters with 70% of the vote. It is not. SQ 755 is currently on appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. A Federal Judge granted an injunction to the Council on Islamic Relations to stop SQ 755 from taking effect. HB 1552 is a bill requested by a Washington D.C. think tank in response to our SQ 755. While HB 1552 is a good measure, it does not come near to offering the protection that SQ 755 does to Oklahoma voters. HB 1552 merely passes a law, which is much different than the Constitutional Amendment the voters approved in SQ 755. HB 1552 may be an option in the future and can be considered at a later time.

“I firmly believe that the people of Oklahoma want us to defend SQ 755 and do everything to ensure that their voice is heard. Should we pass HB 1552 at this time, we would essentially be waiving the white flag and surrendering any chance we have on appeal that SQ 755 would go into effect. Further the passage of HB 1552 while the appeal of SQ 755 is pending would send a signal that Oklahomans have settled for a lesser version and would be used against us in our efforts to have the voice of the people heard. This fight is far from over, and has been going on for a while. As its author, I am committed to doing everything I can to see that SQ 755 takes effect in Oklahoma. As legislators, we owe it to the people to see that their voice is heard and not give up at the first sign of trouble. Should we come to a point where SQ 755 is no longer an option, then other measures would be considered.”

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Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569

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