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Florida bill would repeal law that bans shacking up

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About 1 million Floridians are breaking state law by committing lewd and lascivious acts and a state senator doesn’t want them to be punished for it.

And the Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously agreed Monday when they approved Sen. Eleanor Sobel‘s bill to repeal a law that makes it illegal for unmarried men and women to live together.

Sobel said the law was enacted in 1868 and anyone breaking it could be fined $500 and sentenced to 60 days in jail. She also said times have changed, and the government shouldn’t interfere with the lives of consenting adults.

A House version of the bill also was approved Monday by the Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Republican Rep. Charles Van Zant of Palatka voted against it, saying marriage was God’s first institution.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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