SC bill would let jilted spouses sue interloper
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Men and women who seduce married people
could be sued by jilted spouses under a proposal that has won
initial approval from South Carolina lawmakers.
A Senate subcommittee approved the so-called alienation of
affection bill Thursday. A similar law had been on the books in
South Carolina until 1992, but the state Supreme Court ruled it was
antiquated and that personal affection couldn't be stolen.
Senator Larry Martin says the bill will help keep families
together. He notes a study released this week says divorce and
out-of-wedlock births cost South Carolina taxpayers $469 million
each year. The study was done by groups that advocate more
government action to bolster marriages.
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