Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Senators OK Repeal of Law.(Legislature)

Byline: S.U. Mahesh Journal Capitol Bureau

* Five Republicans don't want to change 1963 ban on unmarried couples living together

SANTA FE The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to repeal a 1963 New Mexico law that makes it a crime for unmarried couples to live together.

Five Republicans opposed the bill. Some argued that abolishing the cohabitation law would weaken marriages and families.

Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said the law "should have been repealed a long, long time ago."

Sanchez said he sponsored the bill after an unmarried Bosque Farms couple was charged under the cohabitation law last year.

In April, Richard Pitcher and Kim Henry were charged with misdemeanor charges of unlawful cohabitation after Pitcher's ex-wife, Vickie Avants, filed a complaint with the Valencia County Sheriff's Department. …

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