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Concord, N.H.

Senate votes to repeal the crime of adultery

The New Hampshire Senate is sending a bill to the governor’s desk that repeals the crime of adultery. Senators passed the measure on a voice vote. Adultery currently is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,200. But the Judicial Branch reported that the law has not been enforced in more than a decade. The bill’s sponsor, Manchester state Representative Tim O’Flaherty, said he was motivated by a 2003 ruling by the New Hampshire Supreme Court that said same-sex partners in an adulterous affair could not be charged with adultery because of longstanding case law defining adultery as between a man and woman.