South Korean starlet Ok So-ri was convicted of adultery yesterday in a case that challenged the constitutionality of Korea’s stance on extra-marital affairs. Ok, who admitted to a brief affair with an opera singer, was sentenced to a suspended 8-month jail sentence, which means she will serve no time; which is fair, considering her name contains a built-in apology (think about it). I really don’t think this is a big deal, but it is kind of unfortunate that someone gets punished for a borderline blue law.
Despite decades of Western influence, South Korea remains deeply conservative and is influenced by a Confucian heritage. Those convicted under the anti-adultery law face prison sentences of up to two years, though few serve time.
Supporters of the adultery ban say it promotes monogamy and keeps families intact. Opponents argue the law violates privacy. Complaints have been filed with the Constitutional Court three times in 1990, 1993 and 2001 to abolish the law, but the court has upheld it every time.
What’s more surprising to me is the fact that all those people who believe in “protecting the sanctity of marriage” back home in the States haven’t latched onto this law and ridden it for all it’s worth. If they’re going to decry gay marriage for eroding the meaning of marriage, shouldn’t they also stand tall against adulterers. Seems to me that if these people were smart they would quickly try to adopt this Korean law before the divorce rate climbs any higher. While their at it, why not take it one step further? If we just follow their train of thought to it’s next logical point, how bout all people convicted of adultery never be allowed to remarry. I dunno, just sayin’ is all.
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Related Listening: “Your Cheatin’ Heart” – Hank Williams