The State ‘For Lovers’ Virginia Repeals Fornication Law…

Hello World,

If you would rather not flee fornication, you can flee to Virginia, which is appropos I guess since the tourism and travel slogan is “Virginia is for Lovers.” According to U.S. News & World Report,

Virginia residents can now have consensual premarital sex without the possibility of being charged with a crime and a fine of up to $250.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation Wednesday repealing the state’s law, which was declared unconstitutional by the Virginia Supreme Court in 2005, that classified fornication as a Class 4 misdemeanor.

“We should not have laws that make most of the population into criminals,” state Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), who introduced the legislation to repeal the former law, told CNN. “Times are very different now than they were in the 17th and 18th centuries.”

Read the rest of the article HERE.

It’s funny, I know that fornication is illegal according to biblical standards, but I honestly didn’t know it was illegal by societal standards. And not all states have repealed fornication laws, according to CNN.

“Fornication” is still considered a crime in Idaho. Any unmarried person found guilty of having sex with another unmarried person can be fined up to $300, imprisoned for up to six months or both.

North Carolina’s statute on fornication is a bit more vague: An unmarried man and woman “lewdly and lasciviously” sharing a bed or cohabiting could be sentenced to six days in jail and pay a $1,000 fine.

It’s on the books in Mississippi, too: If a man and woman are found guilty of fornication, they could pay up to $500 each and spend up to six months in county jail.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

I think for our own good, we should flee fornication, and I would love for our broader society to reflect biblical standards. However, I also know that not everyone believes as I do, and I have to be respectful of others’ views. So I think that state governments are right to examine these laws again in light of diversified society. What say you?

Any thoughts?



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