Cohabitation law to be repealed in North Dakota 

January 14, 2003
The North Dakota House voted Tuesday to repeal a state law that bars unmarried couples from living together "openly and notoriously."
     The bill passed in the House with a vote of 60-32. Rep. Carol Niemier, D-Buxton, who described the bill in front of the House, said that more than 11,379 unmarried partners live together in North Dakota and that the anti-cohabitation law rarely was enforced. The last time such a case went to court was in 1938.
     The 2001 law allows a landlord to refuse to rent a place to "two unrelated individuals of opposite gender who are not married to each other."