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Colorado Legislature Considering Repeal of Adultery Laws

By Jones Law Firm, PC  Mar. 15, 2013 9:50a

In the current Colorado criminal code, adultery and sexual immorality are considered criminal offenses. State legislators are seeking to have these removed from the code arguing that they fall more under the purview of morality codes rather than law enforced criminal codes. The House Judiciary Committee recently voted in favor, 8 – 3, of repealing adultery and sexual immorality from the code. State Representative Daniel Kagan stated that, "Adultery is a matter between a person and their spouse and their conscience and their minister, but not between a person and the full enforcement of the state of Colorado. Let's keep the police out of our bedrooms." While many are in agreement with the Representative's views on the subject, others argue several points in defense preventing the repeal. While the criminal code does state adultery is illegal, it does not assign any punishment. Additionally, supporters of the law as it is currently written bring up the fact that things such as marriages, adultery and sexual immorality may have originally been given attention by legislators because these are subjects that can affect a society. Consult with a family law attorney if you have questions about your marriage or divorce issues.

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