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Feb 21, 2013 8:19 PM by JD Downing

Repeal of Colorado adultery law passes 1st vote

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers gave initial approval to repealing the state's adultery law.

Adultery is still in a crime in Colorado, but some Democratic lawmakers say it's an outdated 19th-century holdover that no longer has a purpose.

Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee voted 8-3 on Thursday to delete the law from Colorado's books. The proposal would also repeal the related crime of contributing to "sexual immorality" by providing a place for unmarried people to have sex.

Denver Democratic Rep. Daniel Kagan, the bill sponsor, says having the laws could lead to violations of people's privacy.

The bill now goes before the full House for a vote.

Adultery is illegal in Colorado, but carries no criminal penalty. Kagan says almost half the states still have adultery laws.

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