Lawmakers hope to shed baggage. Adultery law hasn't been enforced for ages, so why not repeal it?
State Rep. Carol McGuire, a Republican from Epsom, said she's never broken that old, dusty law. She's been a loyal, trustworthy wife for 28 years. "You can ask my husband," McGuire said.
No need for that. And no need to ask McGuire if she favors adultery, even though she'd like to see the state law that makes adultery a crime repealed.
McGuire joined state Rep. Tim Horrigan, a Democrat from Durham, in sponsoring House Bill 1402. They stated their cases yesterday before the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, a Democrat and a Republican involved in a passionate partnership.
Apparently these law makers (or breakers?) need to go to something like,
Webster's 1913 Dictionary wrote: Adultery /A¬∑dul¬īter¬∑y/ (?), n.; pl. Adulteries(?). [L. adulterium. See Advoutry.] 1. The unfaithfulness of a married person to the marriage bed; sexual intercourse by a married man with another than his wife, or voluntary sexual intercourse by a married woman with another than her husband. ? It is adultery on the part of the married wrongdoer. The word has also been used to characterize the act of an unmarried participator, the other being married. In the United States the definition varies with the local statutes. Unlawful intercourse between two married persons is sometimes called double adultery; between a married and an unmarried person, single adultery. 3. (Script.) (a) Lewdness or unchastity of thought as well as act, as forbidden by the seventh commandment. (b) Faithlessness in religion. Jer. iii. 9.