Monday, April 6, 2009
White- Does not allow/Green- Allows/Red- Allows with exception
� Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin currently prohibit marriage between first cousins once removed.
� Exemption : some marriages are permitted by the established customs of aboriginal culture - see state law
U.S. State Laws Explained
|Second cousins may legally marry||All States|
|First cousins may legally marry||AK, AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, MD, MA, NJ, NM, NY, NC, RI, SC, TN,, VT, VA |
and Washington DC
|First cousins and first cousins once removed cousins prohibited||AR, DE, IA, ID, KS, LA, NH, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, OR, OK, PA, SD, TX, WV, WY |
IN, KY, NV, OH, WA, WI
|First cousins and first cousins once removed prohibited only if they can bear children or are over a certain age||AZ, IL, ME, UT, |
|First cousins may marry if the submit to genetic counseling||ME|
|Only double first cousins prohibited||NC|
|Cousin marriages allowed only if permitted by aboriginal culture of the couple||MN|
|Cousins may legally evade state laws and marry elsewhere |
(Interpretation of law unclear)
(Not legal but Ethridge v. Shaddock may have set a precedent to overturn)
|IN*, KS, LA, NE, OK, WA, WV, WY, |
|Cousins are prohibited from marrying, but are not defined as incest |
(defined as incest only if over 18)
(defined as incest only if under 18)
|ID, LA, MN, MO, MT, OR, PA, WA, WV, WY |
|Cousin marriage is defined as incestuous only if couple is of reproductive age or ability||WI|
|Cousin marriage is defined as incestuous||All prohibited states, excluding those listed in the previous two (2) categories|
|Half cousins can marry (absolute, apparent)||NE, NV |
AZ, KS, MT, OK
|Adopted cousins may marry with proof of eligibility||LA, MS, OR, WV,|
|Uncle/Niece and other consanguineous marriages allowed i permitted by aboriginal culture||CO, MN|
|Uncle-in-law/Niece-in-law marriages allowed||CT|
While most marriages are void if contracted elsewhere to evade Indiana's law, cousin marriages do not fall under the statute which would make it void:
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I mean, c'mon! Have you seen someone as cute as her? Cuter?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Some people are fixated on the fallacy that cousin couples pose an intolerable risk to their offspring. However it is likely that we are all descendants of cousin marriages. Before civil laws banning cousin marriages, it was preferable to marry a cousin in some communities as it is to this day in many countries. The notion �why marry a stranger is just as prevalent in many countries as the cousin marriage taboo in America today. There is a wide range of opinions on the subject of cousin marriages. This is fuelled by erroneous information, bigotry, and presumptions. Further we have civil laws and religious creeds based on obsolete information.
The facts about cousin marriages are much clearer.
Fears of cousins who marry having children with birth defects are exaggerated. Simply marrying within your own race increases the odds of birth defects. Marrying within your own town further increases your chances. Cousin couples have only a slightly higher incidence of birth defects than non-related couples.