Bill to repeal crime of adultery in Colorado signed into law

Those who oppose say adultery law not archaic

DENVER - A proposal to repeal the crime of adultery from Colorado's books has been signed into law.

The legislation that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Friday removes what Democratic bill sponsors say is an outdated 19-century statute. The bill also would repeal the rarely-used law of contributing to "sexual immorality" by providing a place, such as a hotel room, for unmarried people to have sex.

Bill sponsors say the bill is about keeping government out of people's bedrooms.

But Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg, who opposed House Bill 1166, argues the law is not archaic and moral standards continue to be important.

Adultery has been illegal in Colorado, but no criminal penalty is specified.

The bill becomes law 90 days after the Colorado Legislature adjourns in May.
 

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