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When Provincial or State Law Contradicts National or Federal Law

Every country has different system of government. Apart from countries been different in the system of government...

Every country has different system of government. Apart from countries been different in the system of government, there is also variation in countries laws no matter how close a system of government may be. Two countries that have a federal system of government may have a very huge gap in laws and practice. This is understandable for obvious reasons. But what about if there is different laws and practice within a country that even contracting the national laws. This is the case in many countries today.

Imagine a country that has 50% Christians and 50% Muslim imposing sharia laws in some part of the country and in this country christians and muslims are almost evenly distributed in term of population. In this case how is the law going to be applied? What happens to those fundamental national laws?

There are some many other examples of a conflicting law in a country. This often stems from controversial issues that are latter left for the provincial or state government level to settle.

Another example is gays' right laws. In the USA the issue of gay right have been left for the state legislatures to settle. But the issues is that when the law is passed in one state it might not the recognized in another state. So, what would be of two gay couple that moves to a different state that do not recognize gay marriage?

Research question: What should be the solution in the situation of a state law conflicting with national law?

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