Cohabitation Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A former sheriff's dispatcher is challenging North Carolina's law against cohabitation.

Debora Hobbs quit her job after her boss found out she lived with her boyfriend.

Hobbs said she was told to get married, move out, or find another job after her living situation was discovered.

The legal arm of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed the lawsuit Monday on her behalf.

The suit seeks to abolish the nearly 200-year-old -- and rarely enforced -- law that prohibits unmarried, unrelated adults of the opposite sex from living together. North Carolina is one of seven states with such a law.

Convicted offenders face a fine and up to 60 days in jail.

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