Italy is about to take the faithfulness part out of marriage.
Under a new law, the country would remove the word “fidelity” from marriage contracts, meaning couples in Italy will no longer have to swear to be faithful.
According toThe Local, the idea is archaic.
“[It’s a] cultural legacy from an outdated and obsolete vision of marriage, family, and the rights and duties of spouses,” states the bill, which recently passed into the Italian Senate’s Judiciary Committee.
"The senators assert that fidelity should not be thought of only in sexual terms, but also in terms of 'trust and respect,' and that while it was an "important value", it should not be up to the State to impose it by law," reports the site.
Italy’s top court proclaimed that judges can’t blame divorce “on the mere failure to observe the duty of fidelity.” The bill explains that the definition of marriage is different from decades earlier, when the original law passed.
“Until not long ago, only the fidelity of the woman was sufficient to guarantee the ‘legitimacy’ of children,” it states.
In a 2013 poll in Italy, it was revealed that 55 percent of Italian men and 33 percent of Italian women have cheated on their partners.
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