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#1 dudeone

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

Virginia considers dropping ban on unmarried couples cohabitating

By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News | The Sideshow Tue, Jan 29, 2013


http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/virginia-considers-dropping-law-banning-unmarried-couples-living-225954598.html

Like its travel slogan says, Virginia is for lovers. But if said lovers are cohabitating outside marriage, they are currently breaking the law. But there’s good news for those lawless lovebirds: State officials in the commonwealth are considering a bill that would legalize cohabitation.


Florida, Michigan and Mississippi have similar laws banning cohabitation.


In 2011, a Florida lawmaker attempted to revoke the Sunshine State law, which carries a penalty of $500 or up to 60 days in jail.


As the Washington Post reports, a Virginia law dating to the 1800s states that it is illegal for “any persons, not married to each other, [to] lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together,” though officials say the law has not been enforced for decades.


However, as recently as the 1990s, prosecutors attempted to use the law to take away a day care license from a childcare provider.


Darlene K. Davis, 73, told the Post a state inspector attempted to take away her day care license after learning that Davis had been living with her boyfriend for 16 years. “She said, ‘You live in sin,’” Davis said.


Still, state Sen. Adam Ebbin and Delegate Scott Surovell, both Democrats, say they plan to leave one part of the 19th-century law in place: a provision banning sex in public places.


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:11 PM

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

Virginia, you can now set your clocks forward from the year 1175 to 1950.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:39 PM

can someone remind me which century we are currently in?
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:14 PM

Congratulations Virginia on getting indoor running water.

 

 


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:53 AM

Heard they are also considering banning slavery, as well as ending the stoning of homosexuals.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:50 AM

Oh geez. Come on. It's a meaningless law, akin to the one that says that you can't walk a duck on a leash on Sundays unless he's wearing pants. It says right in there, has not been enforced. There are a million old laws, even in ol' progressive British Columbia, that are equally absurd.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:52 AM

Although, yes, if you were investigating, the state of Virginia prohibits same sex marriage, but allows it between first cousins.

I'm saying, there are so many reasons to look down on Virginia without having to make them up

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:25 AM

Oh geez. Come on. It's a meaningless law, akin to the one that says that you can't walk a duck on a leash on Sundays unless he's wearing pants. It says right in there, has not been enforced. There are a million old laws, even in ol' progressive British Columbia, that are equally absurd.

You're right there are a lot of obcure laws still on the books. For instance in Alabama it's illegal to flick a booger into the wind or put ice cream in your pocket. In Missouri you can't frighten a baby or sit on the curb of any city street and drink beer from a bucket. Minors are not allowed to purchase cap pistols, however they may buy shotguns freely. And in Wyoming it is illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking and you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit..

 

 





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