In light of the attempt of some North Carolina legislators to create a religious establishment in the state, Brian Palmer, writing at Slate, asks if unconstitutional state laws “stay on the books forever?”
This comes up every now and then. As Palmer points out, Texas has a law on the books criminalizing homosexual sex. Several states, including my own Pennsylvania, have laws that forbid atheists from holding office. Some of these laws remain on the books, while others are repealed.
Here is a taste of Palmer’s post: