Virginia is looking to drop a 19th century ban on non-married couples living together

By Alexi Knock,

Virginia is currently looking to drop an over 200-year-old ban on unmarried couples cohabitating

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Although the state's slogan is “Virginia is for lovers,” unmarried couples today are technically violating the law if they are shacking up. Virginia is among four states that have the same law, including Florida, Michigan and Mississippi.

Florida’s Sunshine State Law comes with a consequence of up to 60 days in jail just for living with your significant other.

According to The Washington Post, the law states that it is illegal for “any persons, not married to each other, [to] lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together.”

Chris Freund, spokesman for the conservative Family Foundation, told the Washington Post, “[W]e haven’t taken a position on this. We’re just monitoring it.”

According to Yahoo News, Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) proposed the bill with Del Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) at a Senate committee meeting on Monday.

“I learned of it last year and thought that it is not only unnecessary but bizarre that Virginia would still have on its book a law essentially outlawing consenting adults from living together. It’s obviously an outdated vestige from a very different time,” Ebbin said during the meeting.

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