grounds for divorce -- loathsome disease

In this column, Cecil says:

I always understood that to be the legislatures ‘tactful’ way of referring to any of the various forms of VD, or sexually transmitted diseases. Was that just my imagination, or could you also get a divorce if your husband came home with syphillis?

According to this page, the Court of Appeals in Albany, NY, in a libel case regarding equating cancer with “loathsome disease”, ruled:

Another opinion:

Leprosy seems to come under the category.