Tuesday, January 18, 2005

GOOD NEWS FOR D.C.-AREA FORNICATORS

According to this article in the Washington Post, "the state Supreme Court yesterday struck down as unconstitutional a 19th-century Virginia law making it a crime for unmarried couples to have sex." The ruling strikes down a law criminalizing fornication as a Class 4 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $250. The law had been on the books since the early 1800s but has not been enforced against consenting adults since 1847, lawyers said. The court based yesterday's ruling on a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning an anti-sodomy law in Texas. Public fornication, sodomy and prostitution, however, are still illegal. Food for thought: Imagine if the court decided to uphold the Virginia law, and sent out a task force to identify everyone in the D.C. area who has fornicated outside of the bonds of matrimony, and charged them retroactive fines of $250 for each count. Think the fines might be enough to pay for, I don't know, a Presidential Inaugural party?

4 comments:

Bronco Buddha said...

You're not thinking big picture enough. It would be enough money to pay off the national debt and to fully fund both Social Security and Medicare for the next 200 years. too bad they took it off the books.

Andrea said...

A Presidential Inaugural party? How about a new president?
(Reminder/note: I'm Canadian, so take it in a different context as usual U.S Citizen Bush-bashing.)

Gatsby said...
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Gatsby said...

That's why I couldn't score with Virginians.