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Senate committee backs bill to make cohabitation legal

Breaking 19th-century law is still a misdemeanor punishable by $500 fine

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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:00 am

In 1877 in Virginia, it was considered “lewd and lascivious” for two adults who were not married to cohabitate — and it was a crime. In 2013, it still is.

Perhaps that’s why Senate Bill 969, sponsored by Sen. Adam P. Ebbin, D-Alexandria, cleared the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Monday on a unanimous vote.

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