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Living in sin: Unmarried Florida couples can face jail for cohabitating — and hundreds have been charged

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Florida lawmakers have proposed legislation that would finally make it legal for unmarried couples to live together.

Under current Florida law, it is punishable by a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail for an unmarried man and woman to live together.

“If any man and woman, not being married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or if any man or woman, married or unmarried, engages in open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree,” the law states.

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Two Democrats, State Sen. Eleanor Sobel and state Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda, have filed legislation to repeal the law, which has been on the books since 1868.

Lawmakers have proposed legislation to repeal the law before, but previous efforts failed.

“I’m not ready to give up on monogamy and a cultural statement that marriage still matters,” state Rep. Dennis Baxley said in 2011.

Nearly 700 people were charged with misdemeanors between 2006 and 2011, according to WCTV.

In 2012, a “concerned citizen” called for Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Keith London to be prosecuted under the law for living with his girlfriend.

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“I don’t give a darn about London’s living arrangement. I may even agree that the law in question is archaic and not well-suited to contemporary times. But the real story is that an elected official — sworn (or affirmed) to uphold state law — is knowingly violating that law,” Linda Takahashi explained.

Hallandale Beach officials and the State Attorney’s Office declined to investigate.


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Wisconsin sees ‘nightmare scenario’ of COVID cases — as Trump ignores medical advice for campaign rally

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Wisconsin residents saw a “nightmare scenario” situation unfold Tuesday as 5,262 COVID-19 cases rocked the state, resulting in 64 deaths as President Donald Trump held a large campaign rally with few masks and zero social distancing.

"This is no longer a slow-motion disaster," said Gregory Poland, director of the vaccine research group at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "This is a disaster in warp speed. And it's maddening to me as a physician because a whole lot of people have died and are dying."

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According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state Department of Health Services reported 5,262 new cases and 64 deaths Tuesday, both records far above any previous daily counts. The death toll now stands at 1,852.

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Trump’s website hacked and defaced to stop the ‘fake-news’ spread by the president: report

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President Donald Trump's website appeared to have been briefly hacked on Tuesday -- one week before the 2020 presidential campaign.

Visitors to the site briefly saw a fake DOJ takedown notice.

"This site was seized," the message read. "The world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded (sic) by President Donald J. Trump."

"It is time to allow the world to know the truth," the message continued.

The message also claimed "secret conversations" prove the Trump administration "is involved in the origin of the coronavirus."

There is no evidence that is the case, experts believe the virus originated in China.

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GOP frets over ‘green tsunami’ as Democrats spend millions on the offensive in red House seats: report

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On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Republicans are frustrated over the blitz of Democratic spending in House races, acknowledging they are likely to see their minority shrink even further.

"Bolstered by an enormous cash-on-hand advantage, a series of critical Republican recruitment failures and a wave of liberal enthusiasm, Democrats have fortified their grip on hard-fought seats won in 2018 that allowed them to seize control of the House," reported Emily Cochrane and Catie Edmondson. "They have trained their firepower and huge campaign coffers on once-solid Republican footholds in affluent suburban districts, where many voters have become disillusioned with Mr. Trump."

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