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Oklahoma civil rights groups vow lawsuit over Israel boycott law

Attorneys with the Oklahoma chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and Council on American-Islamic Relations both said Monday the bill is unconstitutional.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Officials with two Oklahoma civil rights groups say they intend to sue the state if the Legislature passes a bill to prohibit state contracts with companies that boycott Israel.

Attorneys with the Oklahoma chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and Council on American-Islamic Relations both said Monday the bill is unconstitutional. 

They say Supreme Court precedent holds that a boycott is a form of free speech. 

Oklahoma's bill is similar to laws that federal judges in Arizona, Kansas and Texas have blocked from taking effect. 

A judge in Arkansas let a similar law stand. The Arkansas case is being appealed.