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South Korea Lifts Adultery Ban, Contraceptive Shares Spike

Cheating on your spouse is now legal in South Korea after the country's Constitutional Court struck down a ban on adultery Thursday.

By Winnifred Ajewole, Kate Grumke | February 26, 2015

In most countries, cheating will probably only get you in trouble with your significant other — not the law. But in South Korea, adultery was a criminal offense.

That is, until now. On Thursday, South Korea's Constitutional Court lifted a 60-year ban on adultery.

And in what we're sure is a complete coincidence, shares in makers of condoms and morning-after pills are booming in the country following the decision. 

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The law was adopted back in 1953, to protect women from philandering husbands. Since then, it has been challenged four times before the court — but each time the court said the law was constitutional.

Back in 2008, though, the law came pretty close to being struck down. That year, a famous Korean actress challenged the law after her husband charged her with adultery.

This time around, a majority of the justices voted against the law, saying " "

With the ban lifted, Koreans can now legally cheat on their spouses. And now people who have been charged with adultery — like that actress — can seek a retrial.

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