Colorado

Apr 26, 2011 3:14 PM by Greg Boyce

Adultery may no longer be a crime in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers have taken a step toward repealing laws that make adultery illegal.

A bill approved by a Senate committee Tuesday would repeal all crimes for which marital status is an element. That would include adultery. The bill also repeals the crime of "promoting sexual immorality."  Colorado is one of a handful of states that still make adultery illegal, though it doesn't carry a criminal penalty. The immorality crime is a class 2 misdemeanor. An analysis prepared for legislators says immorality charges have been filed fewer than 20 times over the past three years.

The repeal passed 6-1. The only vote against the idea was Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg, who said he wasn't sure whether the immorality change could affect a more-serious pandering law.

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