Lavine Statement on Adultery Bill Senate Passage

Assemblymember Charles Lavine (D-North Shore) issued the following statement in response to passage in the New York State Senate of his bill to repeal and decriminalize the act of adultery in the state of New York (A.4714):

“I am extremely pleased that the Senate overwhelmingly agrees that this archaic statute needs to be wiped off the books.While there are plenty of laws whose purpose is directly to protect the community, some laws embody nothing more than someone’s idea of moral outrage. The targeted statute belongs in the latter category. If a law is not enforced, then there is no reason that it should be maintained.”

The bill was approved by a vote of 57 to 4 on Wednesday (4/3) after sailing through the Assembly last month.It now is on the desk of Governor Kathy Hochul and can become law pending her signature.