Tuesday, 10 May 2005

Shack up and go to jail

John “Don’t Call Me Juan” Cole notes that the ACLU is challenging a 1805 North Carolina statute forbidding cohabitation by unmarried couples in court. For those considering living in sin elsewhere, the Tar Heel State is not alone in its opprobrium toward cohabitors:

North Carolina is one of seven states that still have laws on the books prohibiting cohabitation of unmarried couples. The others are Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi and North Dakota.

As a longtime opponent of such “uncommonly silly” laws, I offer the ACLU my unqualified support in this matter.


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[Permalink] 1. Alfred Sumrall wrote @ Tue, 10 May 2005, 4:54 pm CDT:

I am very much in favor of these laws remaining on the books and violators being punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Uhh, wait a minute…


What’s more, according to NPR this evening, North Dakota legislators have twice voted down attempts to repeal their co-habitation law in recent years!

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