Monday, January 22, 2007

Legal Anachronisms: "Cohabiting" illegal in North Dakota

Apparently, it is technically illegal for an unmarried man and woman to live together in North Dakota. One State Senator, Tracy Potter, D-Bismarck, wants to repeal the law:
"We're saying that we have optional laws, laws that we don't really mean," Potter said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the repeal measure. "We shouldn't have laws like that."
Good for Senator Potter. But of course there are folks who want to defend the law:
Tom Freier, a spokesman for the North Dakota Family Alliance, said repealing the measure would signal that the state doesn't value marriage and the societal benefits it brings.

"If we look at the research, social science evidence suggests that living together is not a good way to prepare for marriage, or to avoid divorce," Freier said. "Cohabitating is not positive for the family, and poses a special risk for women and children."
Of course, it doesn't affect me because 1) I'm married and not planning on doing any cohabiting and 2) I'm not planning to move to North Dakota. But it seems to me that there may be a number of folk in North Dakota who would affected by this, and I agree Senator Potter that stupid laws like this one inspire contempt for the law in general.


Blogger grishnash said...

A foolproof way to avoid divorce would be to avoid marriage in the first place.

But it is good to see that North Dakota is preserving the sanctity of homosexual cohabitation by protecting it from the heterosexual agenda that wants to destroy its meaning.

7:48 AM, January 22, 2007  

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