This is great. Not because I support adultery but because I don’t believe government should be in the business of legislating morality or immorality. In the process, it will naturally be in the position, in the absence of legislating morality, of also indirectly legislating immorality by extension. I don’t care. Government is not our priest, pastor, rabbi, imam, anything which structures, defines and regulates spiritual or religious agenda.
Such a Korean law, to begin with.
In South Korea, extramarital sex just got a whole lot safer.
On Thursday, the country’s highest court overturned a 62-year-old law banning adultery. Shortly afterwards, the share price of the country’s biggest condom maker, Unidus, surged 15%, the daily limit on the country’s Kosdaq market.
Despite South Korea’s economic rise in recent decades — Seoul, the capital, is one of the world’s most technologically advanced cities — a deep vein of traditionalism still courses through Korean society. The law was passed in 1953 to protect wives who were financially dependent on their husbands — the country’s economy was largely agricultural, and women had few property rights. More recently, supporters of the law have argued that it preserves conservative family values amid a surge of modernisation.
Seven of the court’s nine judges voted to overturn the law, which carried a maximum penalty of two years in jail.