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Newly approved bill could evict adulterers from their homes in New York, but not imprison them


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP – Modified)⁤ — A century-old law, which has been largely overlooked and ⁣seldom ⁣enforced, could soon be erased from​ the legal books of ​New York.⁣ This law, dating back⁢ to 1907, criminalizes adultery ⁢in the state. However, a bill to ⁢repeal this antiquated law was passed by‍ lawmakers on Wednesday.

The state Senate gave their nod of approval to the bill‍ with an overwhelming⁤ majority. The ball is now ​in the court⁣ of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is‍ currently engaged in budget ‌discussions. Her office has indicated that she will be reviewing⁢ the legislation. The state Assembly had already ‌given their approval to the measure last month.

Interestingly, in the Senate, only four members opposed the measure, with one of ⁣them representing our local area.

New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan⁣ expressed⁢ his views on ​the matter to WHNY News, stating: “Similar statutes have been deemed unconstitutional‌ and unenforceable, making further legislative ⁤action redundant.”

It’s‌ worth noting that laws prohibiting⁣ adultery are still ‍in‍ place in several states across the country, although they are ‌rarely‌ enforced. The New⁢ York law was originally introduced with‌ the aim of reducing the divorce ‍rate, during a time when adultery was the sole legal ground for divorce.

As⁢ per the state penal code, adultery is categorized as a misdemeanor and​ can lead to a ⁢jail term of up ⁤to three ‍months.​ It is defined in New York as a ​situation where a person “engages in sexual ​intercourse with another person while ⁣he or she or the other person is married.”

Despite ⁤being in existence for over a century, this​ statute has been rarely invoked in recent‍ years. The most recent⁤ case of an adultery charge in New York seems to have been in 2010, against a ​woman found engaging ⁢in a sexual‌ act in ⁤a public park. However,‌ the‍ charge was later dropped as part of ​a plea deal.

It’s⁣ interesting to note ‍that adultery is still considered a crime in ⁣several other U.S. states, ​mostly as a misdemeanor. However, states like Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and⁤ Michigan categorize it as a ⁣felony offense.


Maysoon Khan is⁢ a corps member for the Associated⁤ Press/Report for America‍ Statehouse News Initiative. Report⁤ for America is​ a⁢ nonprofit national service program that places journalists in⁣ local newsrooms to report on underreported ‌issues.

Alejandro Mendoza
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  1. Agree – Adultery can have serious consequences, and this bill is a step in the right direction to hold individuals accountable for their actions.

  2. Good punctuation and grammar, agree – This bill is a start, but more consequences may be needed to deter adultery.


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