"Shacking Up" May Soon Be Legal in Virginia

Bill would end 136-year old law against cohabitation

Monday, Jan 28, 2013  |  Updated 6:44 PM EDT
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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.

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