RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers in Virginia are closing a legal loophole that could charge unmarried people with a crime for having consensual sex.
The House of Delegates passed a bill this week that aims to repeal the crime of fornication, which makes it illegal for people to have consensual sex outside of marriage.
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Currently, fornication is a Class 4 misdemeanor and carries a fine of up to $250. Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, introduced House Bill 245 to repeal what he called a Victorian-era law.
The Virginia Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional in 2005.
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