© 2021 All Rights reserved WUSF
News, Jazz, NPR
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Local / State

Couples Shacking Up No Longer Breaking Law In Florida

Florida legislature

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed a bill to repeal the state’s largely unenforced prohibition on cohabitation by couples. It was one of 20 bills he signed into law.
Under a law that has been on the books since 1868, a man and woman living together could be fined $500 and locked up in jail for 60 days. According to 2014 census data, there are nearly 438,000 unmarried male-female couples among 7.3 million Florida households.

The new law repeals the entire statute covering married or unmarried men and women “engaging in open behavior that is gross lewdness and lascivious.”

Florida is one of a handful of states that had a law banning cohabitation still on the books.

WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.