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Duke students seek gender-neutral housing

Students want gender-neutral rooming

Duke University students are pushing administrators to let them room with members of the opposite sex — even though it violates state law.

The university’s student government senate recently approved a gender-neutral housing resolution, but it might be years before the university puts it into action.

The resolution was crafted for gay, lesbian and transgender students, but it also applies to opposite-sex friends wanting to room together.

Laws Stopping Duke

Right now, N.C.’s Fornication and Adultery law would prevent Duke from implementing gender-neutral housing.

The law: “If any man and woman, not being married to each other, shall lewdly and lasciviously associate, bed and cohabit together, they shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.”

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