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The thousands of unmarried Virginia couples who are living together would no long be breaking the law under legislation advanced by a Senate committee.

The Courts of Justice Committee has unanimously advanced Sen. Adam Ebbin's bill repealing Virginia's 136-year-old law against what the state calls "lewd and lascivious cohabitation."

Ebbin, a Democrat from Alexandria says the law hasn't been enforced in a long time. Although in the 1990s, a state inspector threatened to yank the daycare license of a woman in Norfolk who was living with her boyfriend. She prevailed, but only after a nine-month fight.

Ebbin says Census data shows about 140,000 Virginians are cohabitating. Virginia is one of four states that make living together a crime.

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