The Nation: Sunset Sin

By day they loaf in a reverie of sun, and then at night, heedless of moral convention, the unmarried couples bed down together, "living in sin," as they stuffily used to say.

These are not the casual young. They are thousands of elderly couples living out their lives in the sunny, ramshackle old-age ghettos of Florida or Arizona or Southern California. Widows and widowers, they come together for companionship, but frequently dare not marry because if they were a legal couple their Social Security payments would be reduced. So, often to the unaccustomed moralistic dismay of their children, the elderly go "unchurched"...

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