New Va. Senate Bill Addresses That ‘Living In Sin’ is Still Illegal

RICHMOND, Va.— 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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