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Cohabitation Illegal in Florida

Cohabitation and Wearing High Heels Are Still Illegal in Some Places

Today, most people aren't shocked by the idea of a nonmarried couple cohabiting. Many opt to live together and test the waters before they officially tie the knot, while others aren't sure that marriage is the right option for their relationship. The most recent data from the National Survey of Family Growth in 2002 found that more than half of all women aged 15 to 44 have lived with an unmarried partner. Yet, in the state of Florida, cohabitation of an unmarried man and woman is still a second-degree misdemeanor, meaning it's punishable by a $500 fine or up to 60 days in jail.

This law may sound a little more than a tad dated, but it's not just the case in Florida. In the US, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia all have laws against the cohabitation of males and females, deeming the behavior as "lewd and lascivious."

According to the Sun-Sentinel, steps have been taken by Republican Rep. Ritch Workman to repeal Florida laws he finds outdated. Times have changed, and it seems like the government should keep up. But some conservatives have different ideas on what is deemed appropriate. In response to the action toward repeal, Rep. Dennis Baxley, of Ocala, FL, who previously headed the Florida chapter of the Christian Coalition said, "I'm not ready to give up on monogamy and a cultural statement that marriage still matters."


This isn't the only legislation that needs to catch up with the times. Here are some more of our favorite outdated laws:

  • In Iowa, a man with a mustache may not kiss a woman.
  • In Detroit, MI, couples are not allowed to make love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple's own property.
  • In Idaho, nonmarried couples who engage in sexual intercourse can be jailed for up to six months.
  • In Raleigh, NC, before a man asks for a woman's hand in marriage, he must be "inspected by all the barnyard animals on the young woman's family's property to ensure a harmonious farm life."
  • In Carmel, CA, women may not wear high heels while in the city limits without a permit.

Are there any other crazy laws you can't believe are still on the books? Share below!

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danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Ex and I lived together in Florida unmarried. That's why I moved back to California, to run from the law!! :P
Mandi-Villa Mandi-Villa 5 years
These are highly entertaining. My favorite "a man with a mustache may not kiss a woman" — no one wants scruff burn. Haha.
Lizzie-Fuhr Lizzie-Fuhr 5 years
@wolfpackgirl I think the deal here is that these laws still exist, but no one is enforcing them. The question is: why are they still on the books?
wolfpackgal wolfpackgal 5 years
haha, I live in Raleigh... And if cohabitation is illegal, why can umarried couples buy houses and rent apartments in those states?
Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 5 years
Hahah @onlysourcherry. I read it originated to prevent lawsuits.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Carmel is super hilly! That's not entirely unreasonable.
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