Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Travis Fain: "Premarital sex 'illegal' in North Carolina since 1805"

"There's a law against premarital gettin' it on in North Carolina,
making it a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail on a first offense.

That puts it on par with cyber stalking, using vulgar language over the telephone
and telling a hotel registration clerk that you're married when you're not.

It's been on the books since 1805, and it was last updated in 1994.

...the last time the law is cited there was in a case from 1954.

Arresting people for this kind of stuff pretty much went out of style
/ constitutionality for good in 2003, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lawrence v. Texas,
which struck down various state sodomy laws around the country.

But the North Carolina General Statutes are still littered with little things like this,
and that's particularly true of Chapter 14, Article 26,
the "Offenses against Public Morality and Decency" section of state code.

There's a ton of just awful human being stuff in there
...a prohibition against maliciously obstructing "the way leading to any place of worship,
or to any spring or well commonly used by the congregation."

Travis

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