Question: Is it legal to marry a first cousin?

Laws regarding first-cousin marriage in the United States As of February 2014, 24 U.S. states prohibit marriages between first cousins, 19 U.S. states allow marriages between first cousins, and 7 U.S. states allow only some marriages between first cousins. Six states prohibit first-cousin-once-removed marriages.

The Guidelines on the Marriage Act 1961 for Marriage Celebrants states, “An uncle may marry his niece and an aunt may marry her nephew” and ” Cousins may marry each other”. Under Australian law its illegal for a man to marry his grandmother, mother, sister or half-sister, daughter or granddaughter.

Why is it wrong to marry your cousin?

Marrying a cousin is usually considered a bad idea, because inbreeding can lead to harmful genetic conditions. But paradoxically, in some societies, marrying a related spouse is linked to having more surviving children, research suggests.

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