Marrying a cousin

by A_Revelation 36 Replies latest social family

  • RR

    Actually, I wasn't kidding. My parents are first cousins. And I'm not sure what the law is exactly. They got married in 1955, I believe it was legal, it may not be legal now, not sure!

    I found these links:

    Here's a link that documents where it is legal:

    Edited by - RR on 5 August 2002 14:38:29

  • Elsewhere

    I was under the impression that cousin marriages are still very common in Middle Eastern and Asian countries, especially where marriages are traditionally arranged.

    I was listening to a news program on the radio about how there is a growing number of immigrants who are demanding that laws be changed so they can legally continue their traditions.

    I think this is just a letf-over Judeo-Christian taboo.

  • Fredhall

    I'm going to vomit!!

  • RR

    Now I don't understand it, a brother and sister in Alabama can get married, but I can't marry my cousin? No fair!

  • teenyuck

    Sunday's newspaper had a story about the Amish in PA. They do a lot of marrying at the first cousin level. Lots of birth defects.

    In another news article (I can't remember which news mag it was in) a few weeks ago, they covered first cousins marrying in Pakistan. Lots of birth defects also.

    The main one that stuck out was cerebal palsy.

    I knew a couple in KY that were first cousins. Could not get hitched in KY so they went south. It is legal. They have one kid who seems far.

  • Elsewhere

    It looks like Fred is about to hock up a hair ball.

    I wonder if he will turn around and eat it like most cats do.

  • TheStar

    But Freddie, marrying your cousin or even your sister was instituted by God according to the bible. You nor I nor anyone of us would be here today (according to the bible) if it wasn't for this wonderful arrangement of marrying your sister/brother and procreating. Are you saying that something instituted by God makes you want to vomit?

  • Mackin

    Here's what the law in New Zealand says:


    1. A man may not marry his

    (1) Grandmother:
    (2) Grandfather's wife:
    (3) Wife's grandmother:
    (4) Father's sister:
    (5) Mother's sister:
    (6) Mother:
    (7) Stepmother:
    (8) Wife's mother:
    (9) Daughter:
    (10) Wife's daughter:
    (11) Sons' wife:
    (12) Sister:
    (13) Son's daughter:
    (14) Daughter's daughter
    (15) Son's son's wife:
    (16) Daughter's son's wife:
    (17) Wife's son's daughter:
    (18) Wife's daughter's daughter:
    (19) Brother's daughter:
    (20) Sister's daughter.

    2. A woman may not marry her

    (1) Grandfather:
    (2) Grandmother's husband:
    (3) Husband's grandfather:
    (4) Father's brother:
    (5) Mother's brother:
    (6) Father:
    (7) Stepfather:
    (8) Husband's father:
    (9) Son:
    (10) Husband's son:
    (11) Daughter's husband:
    (12) Brother:
    (13) Son's son:
    (14) Daughter's son:
    (15) Son's daughter's husband:
    (16) Daughter's daughter's husband:
    (17) Husband's son's son:
    (18) Husband's daughter's son:
    (19) Brother's son:
    (20) Sister's son.

    3. The foregoing provisions of this Schedule with respect to any relationship shall apply whether the relationship is by the whole blood or by the half blood. . . .

    4. In this Schedule, unless the context otherwise requires, the term "wife'' means a former wife, whether she is alive or deceased, and whether her marriage was terminated by death or divorce or otherwise; and the term "husband'' has a corresponding meaning.


  • teenyuck

    Hmmm....Woody Allen and Soon-Yi, his wife's daughter, (#10) would have been SOL.

    No wonder he married her in the USA

  • RR

    Yeah, but that was her adopted daughter, so it was no sin, no blood relation on either part.

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