Pre-marital sex laws in Virginia and the GOP.

Until recently, Virginia still had a law on the books that forbade pre-marital sex (a clever lawyer would note that it’s only pre-marital if you intend to get married).

The law, originally enacted in the 19th century (1800s), makes cohabitation by unmarried couples a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 (US) for the first offense. A second offense can mean a fine of $2,500 (US) and up to a year in jail.

According to a story filed by Poliglot, while the law is rarely enforced, it was used as recently as the 1990s as a threat against a Norfolk daycare worker with the loss of her license, as she was living with her boyfriend .

The law was recently stricken, but not without opposition.  21 Republicans voted to keep the law banning pre-marital sex on the books.

SB969 passed the state Senate last month. Yesterday, the bill passed the House with thirty-five Republicans, twenty-seven Democrats and one Independent voting in favor. Twenty-one Republicans voted to keep the law on the books by registering a ‘no‘ vote for the bill.

Because it’s totally about making the country better and not about imposing their religious dogma on everybody, including the people who decide to seek happiness in ways the faithful do not approve of.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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