The majority of states have laws against adultery, yet many people continue to live in states that allow this.
In Michigan, though, the State of Mind was not a state of mind; it was a state of law. And just like in the rest of the country, adultery was not a crime. The law in Michigan stated that “marrying a woman against her consent is a crime.” The law stated that “marrying a woman who is under the age of eighteen (18) years is a crime.
In other states, adultery was not a crime. In some states it was punishable by up to 6 years in prison. In others, it was punishable by up to 20 years in prison. In a few states, it was punishable by up to life in prison. It’s so complicated to get a straight answer on this from a single state. To be on the safe side, I’m not going to say that any state is “right.
In most states, it’s not a crime though, you can always get a straight answer on this.
The state of Michigan is not a state that has any specific laws regarding adultery. However, it is a state that clearly has the most laws regarding adultery in the country. The state of Michigan passed several laws regarding adultery in the past few years which you can read about here.
Some of the laws are very clear, some are very vague. For example, “No marriage between persons who are or have been married” has been used in some states to prosecute people for adultery. Here in Michigan it has been used more as a defense. In most states, a person has to be married in order to be prosecuted for adultery.
The fact that adultery laws are still in place in Michigan is a little alarming. I’m very glad that this isn’t the case in Texas, where marriage is not an excuse to deflower another person.
To be honest, I have a hard time believing that a state where the definition of “marriage” is so vague in its laws would also have laws that condone adultery. It seems to me that the definition of marriage as it is written in the Constitution is based on two things: 1. The physical joining of two people; and 2. The legal recognition of the couple as a unit. And, as it is written in the Constitution, if two people are married, that is a legal marriage.
As it turns out, the reason why most states have laws against adultery is because the State of Michigan does. The definition of marriage that is in the Constitution is one that, as stated above, states that a physical union is a legal marriage. The states have laws that prevent the marriage of two people who are “adulterous,” which is a legal term meant to describe a person who is not married to their spouse.
The issue of adultery is a hot button. As a parent myself, I’ve seen the impact adultery has on my children. I’ve seen their behavior change because of it, but they are still the same kids. As a parent, I’m not asking that they stop having affairs. I don’t want them to have affairs. Why they have affairs is because they have no desire to do so. They have no desire to hurt someone else.