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New York to legalise adultery

27th March 2024

The Telegraph

Adultery is set to become legal in the state of New York with politicians poised to scrap the crime of infidelity among married people.

New York is one of 16 states where marital cheating is still a criminal offence. Adultery is still classed as a felony in Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Adultery, which has been on the books since 1907, is a misdemeanour with a maximum penalty of a $500 fine or 90 days in jail.

The offence was introduced at a time when adultery was the only way of ending a marriage and legislators were keen to reduce the number of divorces.

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