Bill Fails To Include Same-Gender Sex In SD Legal Definition Of Adultery

Jan 30, 2019

Members of the House Judiciary who addressed HB 1107 during committee discussion are, from left: Tom Pischke, Scyller Borglum, and Isaac Latterell, and who spoke in an interview afterward, Timothy Johns.
Credit SD Legislative Research Council

An attempt to include same-gender sex in the state's definition of adultery has been shot down in the House Judiciary Committee. Current South Dakota law specifies that adultery is an extramarital affair with someone of the opposite sex. House Bill 1107 eliminated gender references so that adultery is an affair with another person outside the marriage. The bill was sent to the forty-first legislative day by a 7 to 6 vote.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.