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Fla. Lawmaker Wants to Repeal Adultery Law

Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 12:39 PM

By Andra Varin

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Florida GOP state Rep. Rich Workman is running into some opposition as he seeks to repeal a centuries-old law against cohabitation and adultery, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
In Florida, it’s illegal for unmarried couples of the opposite sex to live together; it’s also illegal to cheat on your husband or wife, and offenders of either part of the law can be punished with fines of $500 or up to 60 days in jail.
The law dates back to the 19th century and is rarely, if ever, enforced, and Workman wants to get it — and other legislation he deems dated — off the books.
But not everyone agrees.
“I’m not ready to give up on monogamy and a cultural statement that marriage still matters," said state Rep. Dennis Baxley, also a Republican, who previously headed the Florida chapter of the Christian Coalition.
Workman has filed a bill that would repeal the law, but not too many people are getting fired up about it, the Sun-Sentinel said.
Asked how Gov. Rick Scott felt about the measure, a spokeswoman told the paper, “This isn’t an issue the governor is focused on.”

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