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The Seventh Commandment

by Kimberly

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Not to be too terribly nitpicky, but I think that in order to make this commandment appropriately moral, you might want to change your revision from "Thou shalt not break faith with thy spouse." to "Thou shalt not break faith with thy partner(s)."

There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, if you contain it simply to your spouse then even if someone had been in a long-term, committed, monogamous relationship with one other person, it would be considered not amoral to cheat on them, provided they hadn't actually gotten themselves down to the courthouse and signed a few contracts.

Secondly, in relationship to those contracts, some people are not allowed to get married in our country. Not only people in the LGBT community, but Mormons and polyamorous people who are not able to legally marry their other partners would fall under this category. (Indeed, in the Mormon's case, one could argue their marriage more closely fits the Biblical definition anyway.)

I know it's not a large change, but I do believe it is an important distinction to make.