Cohabitation ban repealed

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By Landmark News Service

RICHMOND — Unmarried couples living together may soon be doing so legally under a measure that passed the General Assembly.
The House voted 62-25 in favor of repealing the law making it illegal for unmarried couples to live together. Virginia code says doing so is punishable by a $500 fine for a first offense and up to a year in jail for subsequent infractions.
The U.S. Supreme Court has deemed the law unconstitutional, and prosecutors haven’t used it for years, said Del. Scott Surovell, a Fairfax County Democrat.
“This statute has not been used for anything for decades,” Surovell said. “It needs to come off the books.”
SB969 has been sent to Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has said he supports the repeal.