On Wednesday, the largely unenforced prohibition on cohabitation between unwed couples was repealed.
The law, which began in 1868, stated that men and women living together out of wedlock could face 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. That means that the nearly 438,000 unmarried male-female couples among 7.3 million Florida households, according to 2014 census data, were breaking the law or as it originally states in the books, “engaging in open behavior that is gross lewdness and lascivious.”
By the way, Florida isn’t the only state that deemed this act illegal. It’s also illegal to live with your partner if you’re not married in Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. So pretty much we’re all just a bunch of criminals stealing each other’s hearts and living in blissful illegal cohabitation sin!
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