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Adultury Against the Law in South Carolina?

In legal issues/law/courts, off-beat, politics, Sex, stupidity on June 26, 2009 by Editor Z

Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) may not have only disgraced himself and his family, committed political suicide, and likely committed ethics violations by using public funds for his wild week in Argentina, but embedded in Chapter 15 of the South Carolina state code is one of those esoteric laws that those on the religious right must love. According to these codes adultery is illegal, though since it happened it Buenos Aries I don’t know if it means both parties have to be committing adultery in the state.

SECTION 16-15-60. Adultery or fornication.

Any man or woman who shall be guilty of the crime of adultery or fornication shall be liable to indictment and, on conviction, shall be severally punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than one year or by both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court.

SECTION 16-15-70. “Adultery” defined.

“Adultery” is the living together and carnal intercourse with each other or habitual carnal intercourse with each other without living together of a man and woman when either is lawfully married to some other person.

SECTION 16-15-80. “Fornication” defined.

“Fornication” is the living together and carnal intercourse with each other or habitual carnal intercourse with each other without living together of a man and woman, both being unmarried.

Yeah, the hiking the Appalachian trail on National Hike Naked Day sounds pretty good right about now, huh?

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