North Carolina Overturns 201-Year-Old Cohabitation Ban

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North Carolina Overturns 201-Year-Old Cohabitation Ban

Postby admin » Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:09 pm

I didn't realize this law was on the books.

N. Carolina Overturns Ban On Unmarried Couples Living Together

July 20, 2006 9:50 p.m. EST

Matthew Borghese - All Headline News Staff Writer
Raleigh, NC (AHN) - A judge in North Carolina has overturned a 201-year-old ban on unmarried couples living together, claiming the prohibition is unconstitutional.

After a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged the law, State Superior Court Judge Benjamin Alford had it overturned, citing a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case where the court threw out a ban on sodomy.

According to the Associated Press, former Pender County sheriff's dispatcher Deborah Hobbs lived with her boyfriend and quit her job in 2004 after Sheriff Carson Smith demanded she marry her boyfriend or move out if she wanted to work for him.

Attorneys for the state are looking at the decision, and will decide whether or not to appeal.


http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7004282776
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Postby rennal » Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:27 pm

Yes it still is, admin! :wink:
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Postby etowah » Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:24 pm

Sure, NC has a lot of old style laws still around.
Also has "alienation of affection" statutes, that allow jilted
spouses to bring a lawsuit against the paramour.
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Postby MurphyMobile » Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:41 pm

I would like to know who would have enforced the law or teken a warrant
out on someone. You sure would know who your true friends are.

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Postby Thomas » Sun Jul 23, 2006 6:39 am

Cohabitation? Lets get serious. These laws are still on the books plus many more I've not included in this short summary. Read them at
http://www.mouthpiecemagazine.com/strange.htm

Alabama
**It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.

Florida
**A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or they risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.

**Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.

Iowa
**Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.

Massachusetts
**Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.

**Mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.

Ohio
**Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.

Oklahoma
**Violators can be fined, arrested, or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog.

Last but not least:
West Virginia
**No children may attend school with their breath smelling of "wild onions."
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Postby Mike Harrison » Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:53 am

There are far too many laws on the books at every government level and very little, if any, effort to purge or update them. Since when have you heard a legislator brag about a law, program or agency that has been eliminated. No, legislators just proceed in a mindless fashion to pass new laws. Even junior legislators brag about how many new bills they introduced as if that is their mission. In their urge to "just do something" about every real and imagined problem, they pile laws on top of laws that cannot and should not be enforced. Hence, the growing disrespect for the law.
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Postby MurphyMobile » Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:25 am

Thomas:
Florida
Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.

This one I think is a riot. What does FL do about the drag queen shows?

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Postby WeBe » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:12 am

Florida
**A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or they risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.


How about on any other day? And can married women parachute on Sunday? Do they ask for a marriage licence? :lol:

Massachusetts
**Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.


How about using the back seat? Can they use the back seat during their shift? :lol:
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Postby Thomas » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:34 am

I found the one about the taxi especially puzzling. Have you ever seen the front seat of a taxi with the meter and all, ouch! It also brings back memories of my first..... :lol: front seat all the way.
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Postby etowah » Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:36 pm

WeBe wrote:

[i]Massachusetts
**Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.


How about using the back seat? Can they use the back seat during their shift? :lol:


Of course, the purpose of the law is so the taxi driver is not a
distracted driver :lol:
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Postby author » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:37 am

Thomas wrote:
West Virginia
**No children may attend school with their breath smelling of "wild onions."


Actually, this is the only law of the ones mentioned that makes historical and cultural sense for Southern mountain states like West Virginia and North Carolina.

Ya never heard of RAMPS?

When I was a kid in elementary school here in Buncombe County in the 1950s, you could tell iffen it was ramp season by the number of kids whose persons and desks had been summarily moved out into the hall, shunned by teachers and classmates alike. Ramps, a very odiferous form of wild onion delicacy beloved by mountaineers, was quite popular back then. Great fried with bacon and eggs. But it was QUITE obvious if you had been eating ramps.

They still hold a ramp festival in Waynesville every year.

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Postby Thomas » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:45 am

Yes, have heard of ramps but it is still an absurd law. :lol: Hey, I had a boss once who asked me not to bring tuna sandwiches to work. :lol:
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Postby MurphyMobile » Tue Jul 25, 2006 5:24 am

Thomas-
You are just a fishy person.
I believe ramps and tuna and BURNT microwave popcorn ought to be
banned from work. P. U.

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Postby etowah » Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:29 pm

MurphyMobile wrote:Thomas-
You are just a fishy person.
I believe ramps and tuna and BURNT microwave popcorn ought to be
banned from work. P. U.

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Thomas and Murphy are so observant of their coworkers brown bag
delicacies. Me, I'm too busy tucking into my own treats, to notice :P
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Postby Thomas » Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:34 am

I'll eat what I damn well please. :evil: I carry a small bottle of this stuff in my purse.:mrgreen:
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