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8:51 am
Wed November 10, 2010

Lawsuit Filed on State Question

Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma's 'Official English' law challenged

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An attorney is challenging a state question that requires state communications to be in English.

James Thomas filed a civil lawsuit in Tulsa County District Court Tuesday against State Question 751, saying it's unconstitutional. The lawsuit names Delilah Gentges as the plaintiff and Gov. Brad Henry as the defendant.

State Question 751 requires all official state communications to be in English or Native American languages, except as otherwise required by federal law.

The Tulsa World reports that Thomas challenged SQ 751 in July, but the lawsuit was dismissed. He said he expected to file a new lawsuit after the election.

Thomas didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

On Monday, a federal judge temporarily blocked certification of the election results for a state question banning the use of Shariah law.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com