Virginia works to repeal Victorian-era law prohibiting premarital sex 

Virginia works to repeal Victorian-era law prohibiting premarital sex 
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The Virginia state House passed legislation Thursday that would overturn a Victorian-era law that prohibited premartial sex. 

In 2005 the Virginia Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional. Though the law is seldom enforced, a conviction could lead to a $250 fine. When enforced, it is usually added to other sex-related convictions. 

“Charge the crime that occurred, don’t just pile on with things that shouldn’t be a crime anyway,” State Del. Mark Levine (D), who authored the bill, told NBC Washington.

Levine introduced the bill to the state House in late December after both chambers of the Virginia state legislature flipped Democrat, making it likely for the bill to pass smoothly. In the past, similar bills couldn't make it past House committees. 

“How is Virginia for lovers, if lovers can’t love each other,” Levine told NBC Washington, referring to the state's slogan.