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Marriage Between Cousins Becoming More Accepted

All in the Family: Cousin Couples Come Out of the Closet

Cousins marrying cousins is one of the few remaining taboos in America. It's not that it doesn't happen, but, like most controversial romances, it's not talked about.

Besides the ick factor, which always accompanies the unfamiliar, the main concern is the children that copulating cousins would produce. Yet now that researchers are finding procreation between cousins is about as risky as a woman giving birth in her 40s, cousin couples are letting the family secret out of the closet. After all, even Charles Darwin, father of natural selection and 10 children by his first cousin, approved of it!

See what you know about famous married cousins and cousin-marriage laws in the US.

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All in the Family: Cousin Couples Come Out of the Closet

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
It's no about being taboo, it's about science. Today, the justifications given for retaining statutory prohibitions on cousin marriage (and even debating the passage of new ones) are largely based on the fear that such unions will cause genetic problems for the children they produce.
tiffanytatum tiffanytatum 7 years
my cousin is super hot.. still wouldn't marry him.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 7 years
i think it would be weird to knowingly date a cousin, although i'd like to add that i have no idea who my second cousins (or even more removed) are!
Sherellj Sherellj 7 years
3/5..1st 2nd 3rd guuross, I think its wrong, If you have no blood relation your ok
nancita nancita 7 years
My mom is from rural Mississippi, so we get a lot of inbreeding jokes. But actually, it's my dad's Sicilian immigrant family where the cousin-marrying happened (between his grandparents). I was horrified when he told me, but now that I see all the smarty pants who married their cousins, I'm not ashamed to admit it! Though I'm sure I'll still get made fun of for being inbred.
ali321 ali321 7 years
"I'm still trying to wrap my head around how an aunt/uncle can be born AFTER a niece/nephew... Apparently, it's true!" Rossy My step dads brother was a surprise later in life for their parents and there was a big difference in age between them. About 25 years. He would be my uncle (or step uncle) and he happens to be a year younger than me. It happens.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
For me personally, knowing anyone is related to me makes them off limit .... 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th cousin whatever.
love_mimsx3 love_mimsx3 7 years
interesting...technically we're all related to each other somehow, but I won't get into that. lol
biarose biarose 7 years
I don't really give a crap who marries who as long as it's consensual and they're both of age.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
diosa - while i can imagine it was extra weird for some of the people in your family (as well as you and your boyfriend) i don't think it's too weird...since you're not related by blood and you only became step-related later in life, it's a lot different than people dipping into the family gene pool like glowing moon said
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Like many here, I'm squeamish over cousins dating. In my opinion, there are plenty of other people to date without dipping into the family (gene) pool.
Shannolyn Shannolyn 7 years
We only saw our cousins at family weddings, funerals, anniversary parties or other similar events. All of my aunts and uncles have big families of 6 or more kids like we did, so yearly holidays weren't typically spent together--we did our own immediate family thing and so did each of their families. Since we didn't see them that often and they weren't a part of our Thanksgiving/Christmas, perhaps while growing up I wasn't fully aware of how close we were actually I will admit I develop a bit of a brief schoolgirl crush on one of my first cousins. I think I was 7 or 8 at the time and he was 13 or 14. Hee! Needless to say, I am still tortured, shamed and teased mercilessly about it by the rest of my family even today.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
Diosa, I think its different since there is no blood relation. If you were related by blood it would be weird (my own opinion though).
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
Uh, I probably shouldn't admit this, but my Grandparents are second cousins. They came from a Mennonite family, and I guess it wasn't a big deal back then (and probably still isn't in that community). My dad, Aunts and Uncles have all their fingers and toes (though my dad is a little hard of hearing, but I suspect that has more to do with working in a lumber mill for 30+ years!) Given that, I stil think it's pretty gross! I couldn't imagine being with one of my cousins.
Diosa22 Diosa22 7 years
Wow, it was very interesting to read a lot of different opinions about this matter. I'm in a relationship with a step cousin, I met my actually cousin (his step Dad) when I was 19 and his son was we really never felt like family,. We fall in love even though still is kind of weird when he calls Grandma to my Aunt. The beginning of our relationship was really hard for us and the rest of the family.. But now they accept us since there is no blood related.. So basically ALL IN FAMILY.. We are aware that may be complicated to explain to our kids, but we aren't worry about it since they will be healthy, I hope you all thing that in my case there is nothing wrong.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Cousins... waaaaaaaaay too close for comfort in my book. My cousins feel like siblings to me. I do know of one couple who are first cousins. They do not have children together, nor will they ever. It gives me the heebie-jeebies, but I guess whatever floats the boat of two consenting adults?
Dragonflye Dragonflye 7 years
This reminds me of a Geography class I had once. We were given an assignment to trace our family trees. It turns out I was sitting next to a girl who's grandmother was my grandmother's sister. (Her dad was my mom's cousin). It was a bizarre coincidence that we had ended up in the same city... Just goes to show you that you could be related to almost anyone, even distantly!
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