RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A legislative panel has rejected a bill to decriminalize adultery in Virginia.
Media outlets report that the Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed the measure on a voice vote Monday.
State law classifies marital infidelity as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $250. Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax County proposed keeping the $250 penalty but making adultery a civil offense.
Surovell said that in the last decade, there have been just eight successful prosecutions for adultery in Virginia. He said only about a dozen states treat adultery as a crime.
Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle of Hanover County said that while there may not be many convictions, the charge can be a useful tool in prosecuting other offenses.
Give me a break. Virginia still really wants in your bedroom (or motel room or neighbor’s bedroom)
Why on earth should adultery be illegal? First off, what IS adultery? Is it kissing someone not your spouse? Surely there are some boundaries here. I want to know. Does the definition of adultery follow along the lines of rape? Must there be penetration? How about.
t inanimate objects? Sex toys?
Why does MY state even want to go here? How many anti-abortion bills are there? There is another bedroom invasion.
Prince William County won’t even perform marriages now. I would certainly hope they wouldn’t ever try to enforce the infidelity misdemeanor law. If they won’t tie the knot, they have no business enforcing the knot.
I am feeling like there needs to be a challenge to this stupid, stupid, archaic law. Don’t keep laws that you can’t enforce.