DENVER — After signing three controversial gun control bills Wednesday and a historic civil unions measure Thursday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Friday signed 29 less ballyhooed bills into law Friday.
Among them: a measure repealing an outdated ban on adultery, which, come May 1, will technically be legal again in Colorado.
Few people have been prosecuted under the 19th century statute, which was passed before Colorado was even granted statehood as part of an effort to lure more women to the wild West.
Democrats argued that repealing the statute will keep government out of people’s bedrooms; but some Republicans opposed the bill, which, they argued, sends the wrong message about marital fidelity.
The bill also would repeal the rarely-used law of contributing to “sexual immorality” by providing a place, such as a hotel room, for unmarried people to have sex.
House gives initial OK to immigration reform bill
It’s a sign of the times.
Republicans devoted little time and breath to arguing against House Bill 1258, which will repeal a 2006 immigration law that many immigration advocates have compared to Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070.
H.B. 1258 will get rid of 2006’s S.B. 90, which forces local law enforcement agencies to report suspected undocumented immigrants to federal authorities.
Earlier this week, Colorado sheriffs testified in support of the repeal, informing lawmakers that S.B. 90’s requirements are costing them precious resources — and costing them the trust of their communities.
“We do not believe that enforcing immigration law in the streets is our responsibility,” said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson. It’s a federal obligation.”
Proponents also argued that the law is redundant now that Colorado has signed onto the federal Secure Communities program, which cross-checks the fingerprints of suspected arrestees with federal immigration databases.
Additionally, they said, the law leads to racial profiling.
“When this law was initiated, it required us to make subjective judgments about someone`s immigration status based on their skin color, their ethnicity, their race, their language skills,” said Sheriff Joe Pelle of Boulder County.