It’s time to build some bigger jails. The state of Florida has a huge crime spree, and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon.
Apparently, cohabitation is illegal.
Via Think Progress, the Florida Sun Sentinel is reporting that the state still holds in their legal codes laws against cohabitation of couples, as well as laws against adultery, both carrying a possible 60 day jail sentence and a potential $500 fine. One Republican legislator is trying to get these unenforced morality laws off the books, but no one wants to actually eliminate the laws. In fact, one fellow Republican responded to him by saying, “I’m not ready to give up on monogamy and a cultural statement that marriage still matters.”
And Florida isn’t the only state with strange, “family values” 19th century laws on the books that advocates and politicians loathe to get rid of. In fact, I realized a year ago that I was a serial fornicator according to the state of Minnesota for the five years of non-married cohabitation I had with my now-husband. He, on the other hand, gets off scott free since the law only applies to women.
Why are politicians so afraid to get rid of unjust, archaic laws that no one is ever actually charged under anyway? Ask the religious right. After all, they’re the ones providing them with all their financial and political backing.
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