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Utah lawmakers repeal the decades old law criminalizing sex outside of marriage

8. March 2018, file photo shows the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert repealed a law signed Wednesday, in 1973, the law criminalized sex outside of marriage.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)

The Governor of Utah signed a bill this week, the repeal of the 1973 act, sex is criminalised outside of marriage.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert under the bill Wednesday. It lifted a decades-old rule, which States that “any unmarried person who commits voluntary transport to engage in sexual sex with another adultery.”

The offence, which was not enforced by the police, was classified as a class B misdemeanor with imprisonment of up to six months in jail and $ 1,000 fine.

Republican lawmakers Rep. Keven Stratton, criticized the repeal, saying, “what is legal is often far below what was morally right,” Fox 13 reports. “I know our laws are not strong enough to rule an immoral people.”

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert under the bill Wednesday. It lifted a decades-old rule, which States that “any unmarried person who commits voluntary transport to engage in sexual sex with another adultery.” (Francisco Kjholseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, file)

The majority of Utah legislators are Mormons; their faith is in contrast to sexual relations outside of marriage. Still, the repeal passed 41-32 in the house after passing the Senate earlier this month.

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This bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, was not the first of its kind.

The state has tried in the past to repeal the laws, which are classified as “offences against the family.” On Monday, Herbert under a different law, adultery is decriminalized among consenting adults.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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