While having an affair involves clandestine meetings, sneaking around, deceit and cunning, is it actually a crime? Well, it actual depends on where you live.In some parts of the world, hooking up with someone other than your spouse is not only illegal but it can be punishable by death. Believe it or not, even here in the United States, some states still have legislation on the books that clearly define adultery as being a criminal offense. Lets take a look at some of the laws that surround adultery here and around the world.
While these laws are rarely enforced, you might be surprised just how many states actually have laws that make having sex with someone other than your spouse illegal.
Probably the most shocking example is in the great state of Michigan where having sex outside of marriage is considered to be first degree sexual conduct that has a maximum penalty of LIFE IN PRISON. The law basically says that any type of sexual penetration “under circumstances involving the commission of any other felony” is considered to be 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct. Adultery on the books as being a felony in Michigan but there have been no convictions under the law since 1971.
Get caught getting a little action on the side in Maryland and be prepared to fork over a ten dollar fine. In New York State, having sex on the down low is considered to be a Class B misdemeanor which is in the same class of offense as public lewdness, issuing a bad check or reckless endangerment of property. Are you having an affair in the state of Wisconsin? Congratulations, you are a class 1 felon. South Carlina law states that if you get caught having sex with someone other than you spouse you can be on the hook for a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or no more than a year in jail.
leave it to those laid back progressive Europeans to keep their noses out of what goes on behind closed doors with consenting adults. Europe has totally decriminalized adultery an din fact has stated that if Turkey was to keep adultery as a criminal offense, then it would be a stumbling block for it joining the European Union.
In India, the act of adultery is considered to be sex between a man and a woman without the consent of the woman’s husband. If caught, the man can be jailed for up to five years,whereas the married woman cannot be prosecuted. So much for sharing the blame.
So you live in Pakistan and the hot women across the street has been giving you the bedroom eyes ever since you helped her carry her groceries home from the market. You must be a pretty desperate to get between the sheets with this married women because if you get caught, count on being imprisoned, beaten or even killed for your dalliance. Not surprisingly, countries that adhere to strict Islamic law tend to frown on having sex outside of marriage in any shape or form. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are pretty dangerous places to be messing around on your significant other. Death by stoning or public hanging is a pretty steep price to pay for getting a little action on the side, although the betrayed spouse might not feel that way.
So while having an affair isn’t likely to get you featured on an episode of COPS, and it is highly unlikely that anyone would be prosecuted under the archaic laws that are still on the book in some State, be thankful that you live in a country that doesn’t treat adultery as a killing offense.