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Adultery Was Illegal This Whole Time?

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We’re still living under the Old Testament in some U.S. states when it comes to cheating on your spouse.
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It might soon be legal to cheat on your spouse in New York. The state has classified adultery as a misdemeanor since 1907, which is punishable by up to three months in prison. New York defines the crime...
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For over a century.
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Cheating on one spouse has been a criminal offense in New York
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punishable by up to three months in jail.
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What? I didn't know that.
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I, that's crazy.
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But a bill is currently making its way through New York legislature
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That would aim to legalize adultery.
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Mm. I mean,
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adultery bans still exist in several other states.
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As you can see though charges and convictions are exceedingly rare.
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I actually see quite a few states out there.
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I see Florida. I see the Carolina,
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Arizona, Oklahoma. Yeah,
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those are all the states where you can throw his ass in
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jail, take him if you want to take him to jail
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you could be petty,
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but you could be petty.
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These laws were initially enacted to reduce divorce rates but since 1972
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only five have resulted in convictions.
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55. That's 12,
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I could count on my fingers.
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There are way more cheaters out there.
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I know that unfortunately the last known adultery charge in New York
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occurred in 2010 and was eventually dropped as a part of a
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plea deal agreement. So maybe the bill isn't as useful or
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used as it was intended to be.