Is it legal and morally acceptable to marry your cousin? The answer varies depending upon your definition of the word "cousin," your location, and your personal or cultural beliefs. There are many degrees and types of cousins. While first cousins are close relatives, second and third cousins are not. Here are a few definitions:.
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Tracing Your Roots: How Safe Is It to Date a Cousin?
A woman seeks to know the risks of dating—and the risk of having offspring with—a relative. I want to date a fourth cousin of mine. Is that wrong? We do not plan to have any children together, but if we did, would there be a risk of passing along a genetic defect or disorder?
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In real life, my third cousin is 20 years older than me. He lived with my family until I was 6. My dad was pretty much his father figure.
In modern western society, marrying your cousin is not well accepted, particularly in the United States. Through a combination of old prejudices and present-day conventional wisdom about inherited birth defects, first cousin marriage is seen by many as a little too close for comfort, as well as a bad idea if you want children. Further, if you include second cousins in the mix, according to the Clinical Genetics Handbook , the increased risks with regards to having children are nearly non-existent in this case compared with non-cousin marriage.