Treacherous Affairs

Dating website sued for encouraging married people to cheat

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Gleeden, a salacious French dating website, proudly boasts on its homepage that it is the “number 1 website for extramarital encounters, conceived by women” much to the chagrin of the Association of Catholic Families (ACF), which is now contesting the website’s legality in French civil court. The reasoning behind legal motion? Fidelity in marriage is written into French civil law, so encouraging spouses to cheat is illegal, according to the CFA’s interpretation of the law. While France has a reputation for being permissive toward marital infidelity, the case has a promising chance of success, according to family law experts who say it’s plausible to argue that the website is “inciting couples to violate their civic duty.” Nevertheless, in a time when freedom of speech and the separation of religion and public life are hot-button issues in France, the case is bound to trigger strong arguments on both sides of the issue.

Read the full story at BBC News.

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