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    Do you think it's legal to marry your cousin?


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    Congratulations!!!
    When's the big day?

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    its interesting how most of the northernn states exceppt on the east coast ban it. Course that still doesn't explain Jamestown, ND

    Who was the person who had some other weird question similar to this.

    My opinion regarding this, is whether its legal or not, it should not be done as it poses a great risk to the offspring produced.
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    Prince Charles & Princess Diana were 10th cousins. Does that count as hillbilly love?
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    Yes it's legal. I mean...look at MERTON after all.
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    The real question is, if two people in West Virginia get divorced, are they still brother and sister?
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    i don't know what to vote. my first cousin is male. though marrying a cousin of the opposite sex is legal here, same sex is not. not that i'd want to.

    my second cousin is smokin' hot, though. and she's a cyclist. too bad we're related and have known each other thirty years - most people who've known me longer than a week don't want to be seen with me. those that have known me longer are even more afraid.

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    As you are voting, reading, and pondering the subject of this thread. Why not hum some Jerry Lee Lewis?


    When You Wore A Tulip (and I Wore A Big Red Rose) Lyrics

    When you wore a tulip, A sweet yellow tulip, And I wore a big red rose, When you caressed me, 'twas then Heaven blessed me, What a blessing, no one knows, You made life cheery, When you called me dearie, 'Twas down where the blue grass grows, Your lips were sweeter than julep, When you wore that tulip, And I wore a big red rose.
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    Queen Victoria, Rudy Giuliani, and FDR.

    wow, interesting... i'm ashamed to be from NJ

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    I know a pair of seemingly normal attractive people who are married and happen to be second cousins. They see nothing wrong with it, and have kids. Who am i to judge? Is making jokes the same as judging?

    Interesting that you can't marry your first cousin in Arkansas. Who'da thunk it?
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    I'm pretty sure its illegal in most states.
    First cousins anyway.
    And the thought of it makes my skin crawl.
    I wish there was an emoticon for that feelin'
    Its 1 step above f**ck'n your brother
    My BF's ex-wife lives with her first cousin.
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    My family is frum the souf.
    All southern familys have hot cousins.
    We do it all tha time.
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    Here in NC, If you marry a gal in one county and divorce her in another your still brother and sister.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    You can't marry my cousin, because of the restraining order and all.
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    Okay. Because of this, I had to log on:



    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite
    Yes it's legal. I mean...look at MERTON after all.

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    If you marry someone who isn't kin in some way, doesn't that make it a mixed marriage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhota
    my second cousin is smokin' hot, though. and she's a cyclist. too bad we're related and have known each other thirty years.
    Assuming that you can't remember anything before you're about 3 or 4 years old, she would be at least 33 now, more likely 35. She's out of the "smokin' hot" category based on her age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sestivers
    Assuming that you can't remember anything before you're about 3 or 4 years old, she would be at least 33 now, more likely 35. She's out of the "smokin' hot" category based on her age.
    oh burn

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    Quote Originally Posted by sestivers
    Assuming that you can't remember anything before you're about 3 or 4 years old, she would be at least 33 now, more likely 35. She's out of the "smokin' hot" category based on her age.
    My first lover was 33 when I was slightly more than half her age. "Smokin' hot" can mean different things to different people but based on my experience a woman is just coming into her prime at about 30. And that is as much as I wish to say.

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    I hadn't considered this before but I wonder if one of the reasons for miscegenation laws (besides the main one of racism) was to keep people from unkowingly marrying their half-brother or half-sister. That wouldn't account for states in which the marriage license application has a section for "relationship to spouse" I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BroMax
    That wouldn't account for states in which the marriage license application has a section for "relationship to spouse" I suppose.
    You are kidding, right? I wouldn't be able to keep myself from putting "brother" on there, or "High school history teacher." That's just awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
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    oh damn. that's just wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasGuy
    My opinion regarding this, is whether its legal or not, it should not be done as it poses a great risk to the offspring produced.
    That's actually a common misperception:

    Quote Originally Posted by wikipedia--incest taboo
    Another theory is that the observance of the taboo would lower the incidence of congenital birth defects caused by inbreeding. Anthropologists reject this explanation for two reasons. First, inbreeding does not lead to congenital birth defects per se; it leads to an increase in the frequency of homozygotes. A homozygote encoding a congenital birth defect will produce children with birth defects, but homozygotes that do not encode for congenital birth defects will decrease the number of carriers in a population. If children born with this type of heritable birth defect die (or are killed) before they reproduce, the ultimate effect of inbreeding will be to decrease the frequency of defective genes in the population.
    Some societies have successfully practiced cousin or even brother-sister marriage for many generations (usually among the royalty, don't want to dilute that royal blood!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggplant Jeff
    That's actually a common misperception:


    ...(usually among the royalty, don't want to dilute that royal blood!).
    That explains a lot!

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    In my travels around the world, it's quite a common practice, and I haven't seen many ill effects. There are still a lot of clan based societies where it is quite common to marry one's cousin. Typically it's a 2nd or 3rd, but sometimes on the first level. I really don't know the legality here in the US. However, since marriage is an issue handled sovereignly by the different semi-sovereign states, I'm sure it depends on the state. However, with the full faith and credit clause of our beloved constitution, if they were married in a state where it is legal, that marriage must by honored in a state where it is considered illegal.
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