Why Is This Still a Law?

Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman is again running legislation to get rid of "immorality laws" that have been on the books for decades. A similar bill failed in the Republican-controlled House in 2011 after passing out of the Senate with support from ultra-conservatives like Shawn Mitchell and Ted Harvey. This again seems like a no-brainer, but then, that can sometimes be said of the Capitol itself. Here's how the Denver Post explains the law to be overturned:

Under current law, a motel owner, for example, who rents a room to a couple who are not husband and wife is guilty of the misdemeanor crime of "promoting immorality."

Yeah, that makes absolutely no sense. Democrat John Kefalas opposed the bill in 2011, saying he didn't want to condone adultery, which has nothing to do with what makes these laws so absurd. Nobody is "condoning" adultery — complete strangers just shouldn't be liable for what two other adults decide behind closed doors.

5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MADCO says:

    But at least under current law the same motel owner who rents a room to two men or two women is not guilty of any misdemeanor.

  2. Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

    Good point. Maybe the opposition to gay marriage is because opponents want to spare gays and lesbians from this silly law.

  3. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    John Kefalas went on to say "I do not want to condone drunkeness so I will be voting to outlaw liquor. I do not want to condone smoking so I will vote to outlaw cigarettes. I do not want to condone pornography so I will vote to outlaw the Internet."

     

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