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Should first cousins (kissing cousins) be allowed to wed?

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Kissing cousins in Md. may lose right to wed

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland state legislator says it's time to ban marriages between first cousins and stop playing what he calls "genetic roulette" with their offspring.

Henry Heller, a Democratic delegate, or state representative, says he wants to bring Maryland "into the enlightened world of other states such as West Virginia and Arkansas" that already prohibit unions of first cousins.

Heller says couples who are first cousins are at an increased risk of having a child with birth defects.

The bill would make an exception for people who are older than 65 or infertile. Heller said he has "no problem" with those couples if they want the companionship.

Twenty-four states prohibit marriage between first cousins.

The Columbus Dispatch

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Feb 19 @ 7:11PM  
First cousins should not be allowed to get married. That is just too closely related. And kind of creepy if you think about it.

Feb 19 @ 7:30PM  
I agree with RJ, that is creepy.

Feb 19 @ 7:52PM  
Well I do know it's prohibited by the Episcopal Church and I think the Catholic church. I don't think it's a good idea for First cousins to wed anyway, but the genetic roulette they are playing is even worse.

Feb 19 @ 9:13PM  
That is creepy! and gross!!! I have 2 cousins that are pretty good looking but I would NEVER consider anything with them... and one of them is even adopted but it still wouldn't cross my mind!!!!

Feb 19 @ 10:09PM  
LOL...well, im from KY....and my first cousin on my mothers side married her first cousin on her fathers side....yep, thats KY.

Feb 21 @ 6:11AM  
I have a total of 24 first cousins, and half of them are male. If I rule out the ones who are gay, that leaves me with 10 male first cousins. All of whom are HOT! But, I've never looked at any of them in a romantic/sexual way. They are my cousins, for God's sake!
Probably the reason I've never been attracted is the whole genetic pre-disposition to having deformed children thing......

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Should first cousins (kissing cousins) be allowed to wed?