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20 February 2012

Constitutional Amendment Would Ban Incompatible Foreign & Religious Laws

Do you know of any nations with prejudicial treatment of women or persons of a particular race, religion, ethnicity, social class, or caste before the law?

Do you know any religion that promotes violence against women and children?

If so, let those nations and religions know that should any of their rules, regulations, or laws be incompatible with either the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the State of Georgia, those policies will not be recognized or enforced.

A group of Georgia Senators proposed a constitutional amendment which asks voters, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide for the prohibition of laws incompatible with the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Georgia and provide ways in which such laws may not be applied?"

The proposed constitutional amendment, Senate Resolution 926, reads as follows:

"The State of Georgia, its political subdivisions, and any adjudicative bodies, including courts, judges, magistrates, arbitrators, mediators, city councils, and administrative bodies, shall not recognize or enforce any foreign law, religious law, custom, or practice that is contrary to or incompatible with the United States Constitution and the laws, rules, and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto; the Constitution of Georgia and the laws, rules, and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto; or the common law as recognized in the State of Georgia."

The amendment goes on to ban laws, customs, and practices which permit, enforce, or implement plural marriages, forced or underage marriages, marriages of convenience or contracts for sexual services, female genital mutilation, human sacrifice, and politically or religiously motivated physical violence or homicide, just to name a few.

S.R. 926 was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.