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Bill Would Repeal NY Anti Adultery Law


Cheating on your spouse is illegal in New York, but the state might soon change that.

A bill working its way through the New York Legislature could repeal a more than a century-old law that makes adultery a crime. The obscure law is actually on the books in many other states, though it is almost never enforced.

The bill’s sponsor, Democrat Assemblyman Charles Lavine of Nassau County, says only about a dozen people have been charged under the state’s adultery law since 1972, and of those, just five cases have netted convictions.

Adultery currently is a misdemeanor in New York punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

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