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.