Thursday, March 24, 2005

Living in sin is against the law?

I used to be a big believer in not living with someone before I was married. No, it wasn't a big religious thing. It was an independence thing. I wanted to make sure that I could support myself on my own and not have to rely on anyone for help. However, after about 5 years I think the point has been made. I'm not going to starve or go homeless on my own. Woo hoo.

So, my thinking on living together before marriage has changed. However, come to find out that some states haven't changed their thinking at all. If I ever live with someone and move to Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia or West Virginia, I will actually be breaking the law. That's right. It's against the law to "cohabitate" in these states.

One might argue that many states have old ass laws that bar crazy and seemingly common thing. That's a good point. Another point would be that North Dakota just upheld its law which made living together a sex crime. Another ridiculous notion because everyone knows that once you live together there is no sex. Would they make you register as a sex crime offender?

Sure they never really enforce the law, but if it were my senator, I'd be pissed if he or she voted for it. Of course, my senator also looks me in the eye and votes against heart-healthy issues and then shows up to host a heart-related fundraiser and begins her speech with "As a big supporter of heart-health...."

Anyway, if it's illegal for couples to live together in these states, do they not recognize common law marriages? One would think that common law marriages would be the bread and butter of West Virginia, but I guess not. Or do they recognize common law marriages as a way of making those who've been living in sin moral?

Who knows? If you want to learn more about common law marriage, click here. It's apparently dying out and not legal in very many states (including Indiana and Tennessee--I'm just saying).

Here's where it is legal:
Alabama
Colorado
District of Columbia
Georgia (if created before 1/97)
Idaho (if created before 1/96)
Iowa
Kansas
Montana
New Hampshire (for inheritance purposes only)
Ohio (if created before 10/91)
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania (if created before 9/03)
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Texas
Utah

Anyway, if you're shacking up or planning to, make sure you're breaking the law. If you're going to do it, you might as well piss off the Christian right and make a day of it.

9 comments:

Shera, Princess of Power said...

What about common law blondes? They are legal if created before 1995, so I guess you made it, Ash.

Mister Underhill said...

Well, if I ever get a sex life I will write my congressman. Those bastards.

Ashley said...

Sweet! However, I'm becoming less and less blonde these days. If I go brunette will I still be common law blonde?

larrykim said...

did you know that in alabama, it is illegal for inter-racial couple to be legally married? (old state law that has never been changed)

common-law marriage is a way for them to make you be married, a lot like good ole fashioned shotgun wedding, if you ask me... which, for me, defeats the whole purpose of "shacking up"...

by the way, i love shotgun weddings because they always seem to involve a girl in some daisy duke cut off jean shorts...

Christian Right said...

Well, TheLordOurGod would disagree with you. Perhaps you should look to Leviticus, which tell us that "he who sleepeth with sheeps shall rot as a lamb to slaughter."
Perhaps you should straighten up before your labia grows warts and your first child comes out with a tail.
I'm just sayin.

Precious Schultz said...

hehehe. sorry. i had to

musafir said...

So glad that I live in California! Keep writing.

Shera, Princess of Power said...

I think I like the new people, except for Christian Right. She's a bitch.

Shera, Princess of Power said...

I think I like the new people, except for Christian Right. She's a bitch.

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