New York edges towards repealing outdated adultery law

by / ⠀News / April 5, 2024
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New York’s prohibition on adultery — a law from 1907, is heading for repeal due to recent actions by lawmakers in Albany. Legislators believe this law is an unwarranted intrusion into private lives as societal norms evolve.

Though still on the books, enforcement is rare and typically associated with other crimes. The plan to repeal this law aligns with broader efforts to update outdated statutes that don’t align with today’s societal context.

While the historic state law is on the brink of being scrapped, having received majority support in a 57-4 Senate vote, approval from Governor Kathy Hochul is still pending.

Currently, the law prescribes a potential $500 fine or up to 90 days in jail for infidelity. However, enforcement has declined due to changing societal attitudes and legislative focus.

Assemblyman Chuck Lavine (D-Nassau) has led┬áthe campaign to remove this antiquated regulation. His efforts have underscored the need for modern legislative changes that reflect the aspirations of today’s communities.

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Progress towards abolishing New York’s adultery law

Jessica Sparcella-Spanton (D-Staten Island) commented on the vote, expressing that the law is outdated and seldom enforced. She believes it should be seen in the light of the current societal context and that its amendment will alleviate an unnecessary burden on individuals’ private lives.

The bill to abolish the ban has already passed the state Assembly. Now, only Governor Hochul’s approval is required to make it official. The campaign’s activists and supporters hope that the Governor’s approval will mark a major step towards reform.

The fate of this more-than-a-century-old law now lies in the hands of Governor Hochul. “Governor Hochul will review the legislation,” a representative stated, indicating that a final decision is still up in the air.

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