Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law,
making adultery legal in the Granite State for the first time in
hundreds of years.
Back in 1791, being unfaithful in New Hampshire earned you an
hour of public embarrassment on the gallows, as many as 39
lashes, a one-year prison sentence, and a big fine.
That punishment has gradually been ratcheted back to an
unenforced fine, but lawmakers on Thursday said even that was
A spokesman for the state Senate said the bill to repeal the
crime of adultery passed Thursday with a voice vote.
More than 20 states still have laws against adultery, and some,
including Michigan and Wisconsin, still consider it a felony
While opinions about states policing the bedroom may be mixed, a
CNN poll in January showed that 93 percent of Americans think
cheating is morally wrong.
(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; editing by David Gregorio)
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