Legally, you can date and be intimate with your first cousin, but if you are considering marriage, laws vary by state and country. S., some states legally forbid first cousins from marrying, some require genetic counseling before legal union can take place, and other states require proof that at least one potential spouse is infertile.You can find out more about family law in your own state by contacting a legal services office, a law school that offers legal services to students and the public, or searching your state's homepage on the internet.
Today while I was out, I ran into my friend, Sarah.
We sat for a while talking when I asked after her parents.
I would certainly be very uncomfortable with a first cousin arrangement since this would be very close to the biblical prohibition.
Well, I'm not dating my cousin, but is it wrong to date your own?
I am having a problem with this because my child is dating my 3rd cousin, and in my heart I feel it is wrong. The following verses in Leviticus eighteen give a list of those who are too close of kin to marry.
And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity. They include father, mother, step-mother, sister, step-sister, grandchildren, aunt, uncle, daughter in law, and sister in law.
When brother and sister, or even blood first cousins have sex and produce a baby, there is a strong chance for birth defects. That's the real reason why it's just not a good idea.
Dear Alice, What are the pros and cons (legally and morally) of dating your 1st cousin?
After the funeral, Sarah's mom suggested Sarah start talking to the young man.
Her mother said that both him and Sarah had a lot going on in life and that it may help to have someone to talk to.
However, your child will only have one-half of your genetic pool and would only share one-sixteenth of the genetic pool with your third cousin. Many people who grow up in the same area probably have this much connection with their spouses and do not even know it.