Colorado lawmakers want to end morals laws

Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM
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DENVER, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Some Democratic Colorado lawmakers say they want to repeal state laws against adultery and immorality, to get the government out of people's bedrooms.

State Sen. Pat Steadman of Denver said he sponsored the bill because "government has no business policing marriages," The Denver Post reported Thursday.

Rep. Daniel Kagan of Cherry Hills Village was presenting the bill Thursday to the House Judiciary Committee.

A provision of current law makes the proprietor of a hotel or motel guilty of the misdemeanor of "promoting immorality" by renting a room to a couple that are not married to each other.

While adultery is illegal, there is no penalty.

A fiscal analysis of the proposed bill found 10 cases of promoting sexual immorality were filed between 2007 and 2012. Two of the cases resulted in convictions.

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