Bill decriminalizing adultery in Colorado clears Senate, heads to Hickenlooper

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DENVER — A bill repealing Colorado’s law outlawing adultery was approved Wednesday morning by the state Senate and is now on its way to the governor’s desk.

House Bill 1166, which already cleared the full House, passed the Senate on a vote of 23-10; three Republicans voted for the measure, two were absent.

The law itself dates from the mid-nineteenth century before Colorado was even a state; it was an effort to attract more women to the territory by making the western territory seemingly less of a rough, violent, male-dominated place.

“This is about keeping government out of our bedrooms,” said Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver.

Although the statute doesn’t appear to be used much these days, some Republicans again argued Wednesday that repealing it, however old, sends the wrong message.

“Laws to uphold moral standards are just as important in the 21st century,” said Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud.

Here is FOX31’s in-depth report about the bill from last month, when it was first heard in the House.

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