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Va. Senate Panel Backs Repeal Of Cohabitation Law

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The thousands of unmarried Virginia couples who are living together would no long be breaking the law under legislation advanced by a Senate committee.
    
The Courts of Justice Committee on Monday unanimously advanced Sen. Adam Ebbin's bill repealing Virginia's 136-year-old law against what the state calls "lewd and lascivious cohabitation."
    
Ebbin, a Democrat from Alexandria, said the law hasn't been enforced in a very long time. However, he said that in the 1990s a state inspector threatened to yank the daycare license of a Norfolk woman who was living with her boyfriend. The woman prevailed, but only after a nine-month fight.
    
Ebbin said census data shows about 140,000 Virginians are cohabitating. He said Virginia is one of four states that make such living arrangements a crime.

 

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