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Woman Challenges 200-Year-Old Law Barring Cohabitation

post #1 of 10
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Who even knew this was a law?
http://www.local6.com/news/4329760/d...203302005&ts=H
Woman Challenges 200-Year-Old Law Barring Cohabitation

POSTED: 9:10 am EST March 30, 2005

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A former sheriff's dispatcher is challenging North Carolina's law against cohabitation.

Debora Hobbs quit her job after her boss found out she lived with her boyfriend.

Hobbs said she was told to get married, move out, or find another job after her living situation was discovered. The legal arm of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed the lawsuit Monday on her behalf.

The suit seeks to abolish the nearly 200-year-old -- and rarely enforced -- law that prohibits unmarried, unrelated adults of the opposite sex from living together. North Carolina is one of seven states with such a law.

Convicted offenders face a fine and up to 60 days in jail.
post #2 of 10
It would be one thing if it wasn't enforced, but losing your job over something stupid like that? Unbelievable!

There are a lot of stupid laws still on the books, though. For instance, in Ft. Collins, Colorado it is illegal to walk a duck on a leash down the main street in town. Don't know why...but it is.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by valanhb
It would be one thing if it wasn't enforced, but losing your job over something stupid like that? Unbelievable!

There are a lot of stupid laws still on the books, though. For instance, in Ft. Collins, Colorado it is illegal to walk a duck on a leash down the main street in town. Don't know why...but it is.
I know. I couldn't believe she lost her job over it either!!!
BTW, I just posted some funny laws in the Lounge.
post #4 of 10
Can I bring a duck with leash? I mean, last time I was there, I was dancing on a bar top with several aquaintances and that wasn't illegal... Opps. Belay that last. I have no independant recollection of the facts or circumstances surrounding an alleged visit to Fort Collins. No one saw me do it, you can't prove a thing.

Let your ducks fly free! No leash law for quacks!
post #5 of 10
[quote=Rockcat]Who even knew this was a law?
http://www.local6.com/news/4329760/d...203302005&ts=H
Woman Challenges 200-Year-Old Law Barring Cohabitation

POSTED: 9:10 am EST March 30, 2005

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A former sheriff's dispatcher is challenging North Carolina's law against cohabitation.

Debora Hobbs quit her job after her boss found out she lived with her boyfriend.

Hobbs said she was told to get married, move out, or find another job after her living situation was discovered. The legal arm of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed the lawsuit Monday on her behalf.

The suit seeks to abolish the nearly 200-year-old -- and rarely enforced -- law that prohibits unmarried, unrelated adults of the opposite sex from living together. North Carolina is one of seven states with such a law.

What makes this law funny is that it "Allows" gays and lesbians to cohabitate...whoo-whee another victory for gays and lesbians!
post #6 of 10
Gee, Mom of Franz, you're right! i wonder if they've realized that yet.
post #7 of 10
EEK! I live in NC! I hope they don't start enforcing that law, or I will have to get married! I hate being married! I have been living happily unmarried for 20 years! AAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!
post #8 of 10
Virginia is another state with this law, and I currently live with my boyfriend. I am surprised that they are actively enforcing that law in that one situation!!!! I mean in my job (teaching) I do tiptoe around my living situation because I don't want parents of my students judging me. But there are a select few I have told. Brendan better hurry up and propose because I don't want that law coming down on us...
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Originally Posted by Mark Kumpf
Can I bring a duck with leash? I mean, last time I was there, I was dancing on a bar top with several aquaintances and that wasn't illegal... Opps. Belay that last. I have no independant recollection of the facts or circumstances surrounding an alleged visit to Fort Collins. No one saw me do it, you can't prove a thing.

Let your ducks fly free! No leash law for quacks!
post #10 of 10
Arizona has one also ...
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