North Carolina lawmakers killed a bill this week that would have repealed a more-than-a-century-old law that allows people to sue their spouse’s lover for “alienation of affection,” according to reports.
Members of the House judiciary committee split 4-4 Wednesday on whether to advance the bill, with some of those in favor of keeping it arguing its repeal would be “legalizing adultery,” according to the News & Observer in Raleigh.
North Carolina is one of only a handful of states that have similar laws.
State Rep. Wesley Harris, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, contended the law was both “archaic and antiquated.”
“This was started in the 1700s in Great Britain when women were still treated as property of their husbands,” he said, according to WRAL-TV in Raleigh.
Jere Royall, director of community impact and counsel for the North Carolina Family Policy Council, disagreed.
“We believe that the state’s policy should remain clear – that marriages are worth protecting … and that a third party who has