1792 Virginia Law Against Swearing Finally Repealed in 2020

1792 Virginia Law Against Swearing Finally Repealed in 2020

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH LAW FROM 1792 AGAINST SWEARING FINALLY OFF THE BOOKS AT LAST

So laws in the United States can be pretty damn weird.  As you know, different states have different laws on the books.  And some of them are old, outdated and maybe even outright stupid.  Every year, we hear about laws that state lawmakers have finally repealed to get them off the books.  And now, we have a law against swearing in the Commonwealth of Virginia that has seen its last days this year.  Swearing, or cursing, has been illegal in Virginia since the year 1792!  And this year, Virginia finally got rid of the damn, stupid ass law.

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FINES STARTED BACK IN THE DAY AT 83 CENTS, WENT ALL THE WAY UP TO $250, BUT OVER NOW

When the year 2020 started, saying the word fuck could land you with a $250 fine.  No, really.  And while the law didn’t evolve since 1792, the fine certainly did.  When the law first hit the books, the fine for swearing in public was 83 cents.  And yes, that was a lot of money back then.  For many, that was the difference between eating and not.  $250 today could have the same impact, to be sure.  To hell with that foolishness, right?  And what’s even weirder with this pice of old American history?  The original code didn’t even have a list of what swear words were profane.  Or, well, worth a fine to make someone starve.

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ANYONE IN VIRGINIA CAN NOW DO ALL THE SWEARING THEY WANT, IN PUBLIC EVEN

So as of today, July 1st, 2020, people in the state of Virginia can fucking swear their asses off.  And we’re not dicking around with this!  You can say whatever the hell you want, anywhere in public, in Virginia.  The state is not only for lovers anymore.  It’s for people who want to speak their fucking minds however they want to!  So why did the law change at last?  Well, it’s not because people didn’t want to.  It’s that not enough Republicans holding public office were willing to vote it into history.  But now that Democrats hold both chambers in the state, the stupid fucking anti-swearing law is gone.  Media says bipartisanship helped.  So maybe even Republicans want to curse these days, too.

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