February 27, 2015 10:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]State Senator Eleanor Sobel wants to repeal the law that makes it illegal for unmarried couples to cohabitate. But Republicans are saying “not so fast.”

WCTV reported in 2011 that almost 700 people had been charged under the obscure law since 2006, and half a million couples were breaking the ordinance by living together.

While there have been efforts to repeal the law, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has remained silent on the issue.

In addition to cohabitation offenders, the law also punishes cheating wives and husbands with a fine of $500 or up to 60 days in jail.

In 2011, state Rep. Dennis Baxley (R) told the Sun Sentinel, “I’m not ready to give up on monogamy and a cultural statement that marriage still matters.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

35 responses to 700 Charged In Florida For Living Together While Unmarried

  1. Anomaly 100 February 27th, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I’m a law-breaker! I lived in sin with a guy (or two) in Florida.

    • craig7120 February 27th, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Pfffft! Yeah you’re a bad girl
      I’m sure to get the chair, I’m on skype!

      • Anomaly 100 February 27th, 2015 at 11:10 pm

        I keep telling you guys that I’m an awful person.

        • Carla Akins February 28th, 2015 at 6:48 am

          Just keep trying you big softie. Nobody’s buying.

          • Anomaly 100 February 28th, 2015 at 7:23 am

            Not true. The trolls hate me and I’m kind of proud of that.

    • Spirit of America February 27th, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      And then what, you repented and moved out and that’s how you ended up on that tree limb?


      • Anomaly 100 February 27th, 2015 at 11:06 pm

        Ha! I was roofied in Italy and America. Yay for me:-(

        • Spirit of America February 27th, 2015 at 11:23 pm

          Well this thread took a turn to the serious… sorry to hear of the roofie experience, hope there was a prosecution… or at least some retribution.

          • Anomaly 100 February 27th, 2015 at 11:34 pm

            I thought you were referring to the post I wrote and used an image of a woman (who I lied and said it was me) passed out on a tree branch.

          • Spirit of America February 27th, 2015 at 11:44 pm

            I was… I meant it in a “so that is how you ended up in the tree” type of tongue-in-cheek. I forget what the post was about w/the picture, I just remember the picture.

    • Suzanne McFly February 28th, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Me to, we are such rebels Anomaly lol.

      • Anomaly 100 February 28th, 2015 at 11:13 am


        • Suzanne McFly February 28th, 2015 at 3:18 pm

          Mom always told me to be good at what I do, and as you seem to know very well, I am also very good at going against what I should be doing.

  2. arc99 February 27th, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    But in every election cycle, the Republican candidate will tell you that they are firmly committed to getting government out of your lives.

    And in every election cycle, there is no shortage of people gullible enough to believe them.

    • ExPFCWintergreen February 27th, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Smell the Liberty

  3. Budda February 27th, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Do “room mates”count?

    • whatthe46 February 27th, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      and if they are room mates, do they question them as to whether or not they are having sex? i’d tell them *^^&*% &%$#& and *&^%$ % $@#@!!!!! get out of my damn business.

  4. Mike February 27th, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    What if both are married to other people…???

  5. Spirit of America February 27th, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I’m not even sure how that would get started in the process of being found guilty… what, do they have officers sitting outside of homes, seeing if 1 of each sex walks out, then do a marriage license check… then move on to staking out next house?

    • whatthe46 February 27th, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      do they get a warrant to go into the homes to see if his and hers are in the same bathroom? do they check on everyone living in a one bedroom to make sure it’s only occupied by one person? this is so fricken stupid.

      • Spirit of America February 27th, 2015 at 11:20 pm

        It is akin to making a law that one may only use a salad fork w/salad, never the entree… no way to know… it really is that stupid in my eyes.

  6. whatthe46 February 27th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    i’m sure that’s unconstitutional.

    • Dwendt44 February 27th, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      I doubt they bothered anyone with money to appeal. It seems to me that the ‘right to free association’ would overrule this stupid law. But then again, we are talking about Floriduh.

  7. whatthe46 February 27th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    i thought this was the land of the free. dumb me.

  8. nola878 February 27th, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    33 years married. Three times. Eight years, five years, and twenty.

    Guess which one is the one without a f*ckin’ piece of paper?

  9. jybarz February 28th, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Is this repukes’ preemptive anti-abortion attack?
    Didn’t think they’re capable to play chess.

  10. frambley1 February 28th, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Wait a second. Since when do crazy stories come out of Florida?

  11. rg9rts February 28th, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Yo kiddies…Virginia isn’t for lovers….its illegal to bed someone that isn’t your spouse..

    • Larry Schmitt February 28th, 2015 at 6:01 am

      It wasn’t until 1967 that Virginia’s “racial Integrity act” making it illegal for black and white people to intermarry, was tossed out by the Supreme Court.

      • rg9rts February 28th, 2015 at 6:26 am

        It used to be…maybe still is….in Iowa…sign into a motel as man and wife…in the morning you are..

  12. Warman1138 February 28th, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Morality laws were and are almost always used to further some form or another of discrimination. Kind of says a lot about the places that have these laws on the books but pick and choose who they apply to.

    • Spirit of America February 28th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Actually, that is a very good/astute observation… I’ve come up with a term for those, I call those ‘tack-on laws’. They catch someone on something serious, may not have enough proof to get a full penalty, then look to the ‘tack-on laws’ that may apply, and try to make a deal by saying “we’ll drop alllll these other charges if you plead guilty to this one charge we want to get you on.”

  13. Janet D'Angelo Beardsley February 28th, 2015 at 9:57 am

    So what about all the old people who retire to Floriduh? I am sure all these widows/widowers living together are married now aren’t they.

  14. William February 28th, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    So cohabitation is illegal in Florida, but marrying your cousin isn’t. Well I guess it helps prevent contamination of the blood line.

  15. alpacadaddy February 28th, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    So I guess this is another example of that ‘limited government’, eh, Gov. Scott?