Should Adultery Be Punishable by Fine?

2009: Big year for philandering. Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, a 200-year-old law banning adultery is technically still on the books. According to Salon, punishment for adultery formerly included "standing on the gallows for an hour with a noose around the neck," but it now consists of a mere $1,200 fine (though even that goes pretty much unenforced). Although lawmakers are considering a removal of the law, people like Cornerstone Policy Research Executive Director Kevin Smith worry that losing the law could "weaken families."What do you think: Would laws like this help people stay faithful to their spouses?