Virginia governor supports ending antiquated cohabitation ban

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Virginia Gov. Bob Mcdonnell.

It’s time for Virginia to end an antiquated law that makes it a crime for unmarried couples to live together, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell said in his monthly radio program this week.

McDonnell didn’t endorse the concept of unwed households. As a graduate student at Pat Robertson’s Regent University, McDonnell railed against “cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators” in a 1989 thesis. But he said people should not be subject to criminal penalties for it.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, won unanimous support earlier this week from the Courts of Justice Committee for his bill to eliminate the 63-year-old crime of “lewd and lascivious cohabitation.”

McDonnell also indicated support on his hourlong live show on Washington’s WTOP radio for legislation banning smoking in cars when minors are present, though he called it “nanny government.”