Archaic Law Alert


It's hard to believe that this law is still on the books—but it's true.

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  1. Is this law also on the books in California? If so, Gray Davis might sue Californians for “alienation of affection,” too.

  2. Well, Randy, if we interpreted the law correctly, he’d probably sue the rest of the U.S. — not Californians.

  3. Lawrence was about criminal law, not contract law. If you cheat on your wife, you’ve still broken the contract, regardless of the legal status of your nookie.

  4. Assuming that this civil tort is invalid on the basis of Lawrence v. Texas – which held that morality and tradition cannot provide the rational basis for law – then states that grant divorce and allocate property on the basis of adultery and abandonment are likewise invalid.

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