First Read
Your first stop for politics in D.C., Maryland and Virginia

"Shacking Up" May Soon Be Legal in Virginia

Bill would end 136-year old law against cohabitation

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
"Shacking Up" May Soon Be Legal in Virginia

Getty Images

advertisement
Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

It may soon be legal to "shack up" in Virginia, according to the Washington Post.

A Senate committee advanced a bill repealing the state's 136-year-old law against unmarried couples living together.

The law hasn't been enforced in a long time, but the bill's sponsor, Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) said state officials used it in the early 1990s to threaten revocation of a Norfolk daycare provider's license.

Virginia is just one of four states that has such a law. The other three are Florida, Michigan and Mississippi.

Census data shows 140,000-thousand Virginians are cohabitating, Ebbin said.

Leave Comments