Laws Against Marital Infidelity
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 2 June 2013, Question 3
I answered a question on laws against marital infidelity on Philosophy in Action Radio on 2 June 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Should marital infidelity be illegal? Many states, including Colorado, have laws against marital infidelity on the books. These laws are rarely if ever enforced. Politicians often attempt to repeal them, but those attempts are often unsuccessful. Many people think that the government ought to "take a moral stand" even if the law isn't enforced. Does that view have any merit? Should these laws be repealed? Why or why not?
My Answer, In Brief: Laws against adultery are wrong and unjust. They do not set a proper moral example, and they undermine respect for the rule of law.
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