Living in Sin

LIVING IN SIN….Via Peevish, it turns out that North Carolina (along with half a dozen other states!) has a law against unmarried couples living together. It’s almost never enforced, of course, but a local sheriff apparently thinks it’s a great idea anyway:

[Debora] Hobbs had been living with her boyfriend for about three years when she was hired as a Pender County 911 dispatcher in February 2004. The couple decided they didn’t want to marry; Hobbs quit last May rather than be fired.

Sheriff Carson Smith said last year that Hobbs’ employment was a moral issue as well as a legal question. He said he tries to avoid hiring people who openly live together, but that he doesn’t send out deputies to enforce the law.

Lovely. The North Carolina ACLU is on the case.