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Colombia's plan to allow bigamy concerns Church

The Colombian Government's plans to decriminalise bigamy has provoked a strong reaction from the Catholic Church.

Under Colombia's new penal code, which goes into effect next month, men and women who take a second spouse will no longer be charged with a crime. At present, bigamy is punishable by one to four years in prison.

"This opens the door to promiscuity," Bishop Hector Gutierrez, said on Monday.

Colombia's Chief Prosecutor Alfonso Gomez Mendez, one of the architects of the new penal code, said the bigamy law is irrelevant because there have been no recent reported cases.