Every state has their embarrassing legal relics—you know, those antiquated laws that are still somehow on the books today, leaving police to wonder, Am I really supposed to arrest this guy for cheating on his wife? (a felony in Michigan).
This month we focus on Virginia, where legislators took a real lulu off the books. According to CNN, in the state’s code, “fornication”—consensual sex with an unmarried person—wasn’t legal. Guilty parties could be made to pay a $250 fine. Though a 2005 Virginia Supreme Court decision struck the law down, citing it as an “unconstitutional government intrusion,” it remained in the code until this year.