Bill would end Fla. cohabitation ban

Aug. 31, 2011 at 12:46 PM
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A Florida lawmaker says he wants to repeal a law against cohabitation of unmarried people that's been on the books since the late 1800s but rarely enforced.

The law makes cohabitation a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by $500 or up to 60 days in jail.

State Rep. Ritch Workman of Melbourne has filed a bill -- HB 4021 -- to repeal the statutes penalizing adultery and cohabitation, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday.

The bill has drawn few comments.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott said, "This isn't an issue the governor is focused on."

Still, in an election year the bill will likely face opposition from conservatives like state Rep. Dennis Baxley of Ocala, who previously headed the Florida chapter of the Christian Coalition.

"I'm not ready to give up on monogamy and a cultural statement that marriage still matters," he said.

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