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Feb 22, 2013 8:58 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Cheating on your spouse may soon be legal in Colorado

Cheating on your spouse may soon be legal, at least in the state of Colorado.

Colorado is one of 23 states with adultery laws in the books, but on Thursday, lawmakers got one step closer to throwing them out. Although adultery isn't punishable, by law at least, helping cheaters cheat is a misdemeanor.

Two people have been convicted in the last five years of "promoting sexual immorality" which means they provided a place for a married person to cheat.

The laws were originally put into place to curb prostitution in the old days of the Wild West.

Father Bill Carmody of the Colorado Springs Catholic Diocese attended the committee hearing in Denver.

"People claim you can't legislate morality, but every law has a moral compenent to it. You can't un-legislate morality," Carmody said on Friday.

The ACLU was also present for testimony where the organization calls the current laws "archaic."

"It's long overdue," said Denise Maes, the Public Policy Director with the ACLU Colorado, "The statute criminalizes behavior between consenting adults."

The house will vote on the bill next week.

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