I have previously written about the roughly two dozen states with criminal adultery or immorality provisions still on the books. Colorado joined the states refusing rescind such laws despite their presumptive unconstitutionality after Lawrence v. Texas. A Colorado committee refused to rescind two such laws by a one vote margin — a vote supplied by Democratic Rep. John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins) who joined the Republicans (except for one Republican member) in defeating the measure.
Senate Bill 244 would have repealed an adultery provision law as well as a criminal ban on “promoting sexual immorality” by renting a room to unmarried people who have sex. Anyone found guilty of “promoting sexual immorality” can receive up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.
For a state with such a diverse population and millions of tourists like Colorado, the vote was an embarrassment. It was a victory, however, only secured by a 6-7 vote in the House Health and Environment Committee with Rep. Kefalas voting against the reform of the state code. Kefalas insisted “I just know I don’t support adultery.” Of course, that is not the point. The point is that Kefalas cannot foist his own moral values on his neighbors through the use of the criminal code. Kefalas is under an oath of office to uphold the state and federal constitutions. Because he does not personally believe in adultery (like most people), he has voted to retain an unconstitutional measure on the state books.
Colorado has a strong libertarian tradition but this is a victory of movement conservatives who want the state to advance their own set of moral and religious views.
Source: Denver Post