Living With A Lover? Go Directly To Jail!


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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Sarah M.
Sarah M6 years ago

so ridiculous!

Sam T.
Samantha Trosky6 years ago

This is so insane since we all got here because of sex! It has been said the consensual sex and porn are good for us! It lessens sex crimes! Think about it... in the middle east where they are even more prude than us, rape is accepted and it is the woman's fault! Lets not mix up consensual sex with sex crimes! Sex is good for you! Sex makes you happier and live longer!

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Since (what was to become) America was overtaken by the puritans of England when they arrived on their ships, it's a no-brainer why most states still have these moral laws on the books. The modern puritans are the teabags and repukes, represented by the hippocrites Bachmann, Palin, Perry, et. al.
Clean out all outdated laws before it's too late! If you leave them on the books, it's easy for the religious right (no matter what persvasion) to enforce them.

Carrie Buchanan
Carrie B6 years ago

I can give you one from Seattle, Washington

"Women who sit on men’s laps on buses or trains without placing a pillow between them face an automatic six-month jail term."

Too bad no one carries pillows around with them, unless they were just purchased, and they don't keep any on the bus.

It really gets one to wondering who came up with laws like this and why they felt the need for them to be created in the first place. Why doesn't this apply to men on women or those of the same sex? Was there some sort of prostitution going around servicing men only on the bus or train? What if a man forced the woman to sit on him pillow-less, would the law still apply? Any WHY is it an automatic 6 month jail term?

Oh well, at least in Auburn, WA, men aren't allowed to deflower Virgins regardless of age or marital status without getting up to 5 years. Oh wait... That's bad too.

Lika S.
Lika P6 years ago

Okay, so fornication is a crime against women, while adultery is not a crime against men. Until both genders can be equal, it is unconstitutional. I'd say that we do something about it.

I would say that adultery is a bigger crime than fornication, and with fornication, it takes two to tango, so why is only ONE being targeted for arrest? I'd say this is a gross injustice, and the government is committing an unconstitutional act by not treating all citizens equal under the law or constitution.

Patrick Carabin
Patrick C6 years ago

I don't like to live with someone without been married, but i think i have no right to empeach the others to do it

Patrick Carabin
Patrick C6 years ago

In Belgium, adultery was punished with
- or some tax to pay
- or a jail ( between 8 days and 1 month ? )
but nobody went to jail for adultery the last 50 years ! and the last years, the horrible proof of adultery was only used to get an "easier divorce". Then the deputies and senators changed the law .
Now, adultery has only civil consequences, no longer penal, with makes the things much easier for the judges.

Jackie Agusta
Jackie Agusta6 years ago

As someone who has lived with their partner for 7yrs and not married yet I find these laws outdated and ridiculous...:-(

Samantha T.
Samantha Trosky6 years ago

There are way too many goofy laws out there. Maybe once every hundred years or so all of the law books should be looked over and updated.

Rita White
Rita White6 years ago

This is a silly law that should be abolished. I would think a lot of states have the same kind of outdated laws on their books.