Legality of marrying your first cousin in the United States

  1. So what happens if first cousins marry in Texas, where it is legal and then move to Nevada, where it isn't? Is the marriage still recognized?

  2. Full faith and credit clause: The clause of the U.S. Constitution (Art. IV, Sec. 1) which provides that the various states must recognize legislative acts, public records, and judicial decisions of the other states within the United States.


  4. In small rural communities, it was very common to marry neighbouring families. They didn't exactly have as large a dating pool as we do now. So you could have kids from one family marry kids from another family who live at a farm down the road from them. Their children are double first cousins.

  5. I would think if they are your cousin on both your father and mothers side. Pretty sure that family tree is now a figure 8.

  6. I'm glad "Legal" is red. Marrying your cousin isn't something that should be done, therefore I like that all the "weird" states are red.

  7. Someone in Minnesota wrote a law specifically to allow them to marry their first cousin, once removed. People voted on it. She must have been really hot..."I mean, come on guys, look at her! We have to pass this...You're a legend, Dave!"

  8. Her father is the brother of my mom. Like, we grew up together, and she grew up hot, you know, she fucking grew up hot. And all my friends are trying to fuck her, you know, and I'm not gonna let one of these assholes fuck my cousin. So I used the cousin thing, as like, an in with her. I'm not like, gonna let someone else fuck my cousin, you know? If anyone's gonna fuck my cousin, it's gonna be me. Out of respect.

  9. I had a distant pair of relatives who were first cousins that married. They were both elderly, had no other family, and had lost their first spouses. They married so that they could receive legal benefits while living together and supporting each other, though from what I've been told the relationship was not romantic.

  10. I learned about CO when I applied for my marriage license. I was asked if we were more closely related than first cousins. I replied in my typical snarky way, "I certainly hope not". A clerk who was not assisting me pipes up from the background, "well it's legal in Colorado". I got a look from the person helping me that could only be read, she does this shit all the time.

  11. I saw a TIL post about Darwin marrying his first cousin, then I wondered about if people still marry their first cousin. Then I made an infographic about it.

  12. The genetic risks of first cousins having kids are low enough that if you're gonna require it for them you should probably just go ahead and require it for everybody. I mean, the risks for kids between any two Ashkenazi Jewish people who aren't related is often just as high.

  13. Why does Texas care so much about its citizens’ sex lives? How crazy are they getting there that the state feels like it has to step in and tell them to keep it in their pants?

  14. After divorcing my mom, my former stepfather married his cousin. After finding out it made so much sense why he was always talking about her and wanted to hang out with her weekly. Probably was cheating with her when he was married to my mom

  15. You do realize the laws are about inbreeding and increased risk of genetic disease, not about you’re being legally required to increase the number of invites sent out to the family reunion, right? It’s a moot point when you’re dealing with people that can’t have children whether due to age or infertility.

  16. I feel like the states where it is illegal had to take special measures to prevent inbreeding where the states where it is legal simply never saw enough of a problem to enact laws. Just a theory based on zero research.

  17. Makes sense. Most of the states where it's legal probably just never bothered to put a law on the books.

  18. Fun fact. Incest is legal in Ohio which means they decided you can't marry your cousin, but its perfectly fine to fuck them

  19. Lmao “nothing is going to happen”. If everyone in the world made the decision to marry their first cousins they would be responsible for afflicting 1.7 to 2.8 out of every 100 children with cystic fibrosis. That is unacceptably high

  20. As someone from MS I can tell you that MS has a thing with wanting to look better than AL even though we both suck so maybe that’s why it’s illegal here. Who knows.

  21. I just find it funny considering it’s completely legal in the most populated states. You’d think it would be the other way around with the smaller seas of states

  22. This is a legitimate concern in the UK, particularly among the Muslim community. More than half of Pakistani marriages in the UK are believed to be between cousins. I think most people would be shocked to learn how widespread inbreeding is in some Muslim communities/ nations.

  23. ITT - le redditors circle jerking about US bad not realizing incest is also legal in Portugal, France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, etc.

  24. Charts wrong . Just like most of these charts on Reddit . Example, you cannot marry your first cousin in Texas . Law was changed around 2004 or 5 .

  25. What does this mean? Does this mean that if you move to a state where it's illegal then your marriage is nullified? I'm primarily thinking of immigrants from vastly different cultures than ours that move here rather than rednecks.

  26. Parents are siblings with each other. So, you share both pairs of grandparents instead of just one pair. So if your mom is the sister of someone's else's mom and your dad is the brother of that person's dad, you are double first cousins.

  27. I feel like this would be a good time to explain what a "first, second, third, etc. cousin" is, as well as what "once, twice, third, etc. removed" means.

  28. why does green represent "illegal?" Thats a bit counter intuitive. Im assuming its because of the bias that marrying your cousing is bad (which it is), but data has no bias, and the color choice here is not helpful.

  29. A lot of people in India and other South Asian countries marry their cousins. It's much more common in non-western countries than you'd think.

  30. Legal in California because its not a problem so it hasn’t been made illegal yet. Illegal in Arkansas and Mississippi because it IS a problem and they had to make laws against it

  31. the orange ones sound the weirdest.. if your old its ok. But i get its mainly about genetic issues from inbreeding which was always an issue with the royals back in europe that we left. (my uncle who had some royal blood, had webbed feet and as a young kid, i though he was secretly a super hero.)

  32. What happens in a case where the couple doesn't know they are cousins? Such as where a family had some kind falling out and cut contact with each other prior to the cousins in question even being born. If they never found out or found out after they were married, what would the recourse be?

  33. Once removed puts a generation between the common ancestor - first cousin once removed would be you and your first cousin's child since the common ancestors are your grandparents and their great-grandparents.

  34. Human made rules are so stupid and inconsistent. That being said, fuck your first cousin all you want, but DO NOT reproduce with them! Any recessive bad genes will come to the front of the line!

  35. I still don’t understand why we let the government regulate any sort of marriage outside of child or animal.

  36. Because a large geographical area of California is basically Alabama and TN. I've lived in all 3. Throw in Idaho and on any given day, other than the scenery, you'd be hard pressed to figure out where you are at the moment.

  37. There sure are a lot of exceptions to this rule we all generally understand as being morally, ethically and secually reprehensible. As if there are some powerful people creating as many loopholes and exceptions as they can to justify doing it. Do Americans really want to inbreed that badly?!

  38. Double first cousin is where brothers married sisters. Their children are double first cousins. My ex husband has a double first cousin.

  39. Is it me, but is it distractingly odd that legal is red and illegal is green? Green means go (legal), red means no. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  40. What if my cousin had a kid with someone, but then they break up and I have a kid with their ex. This doesn’t have anything to do with the post, but what would that make the two kids, like how are they related. Are they cousins and siblings? How would that work.

  41. Not sure about the rest of the map, but You can’t marry your first cousin in Texas. They changed the law when fundamental Mormons were being driven out of their state and they tried settling in Texas

  42. What’s the penalty for marrying your cousin? And who is in charge of tracking whether or not cousins are marrying each other? Are they going to bust down your door like the inquisition? Questions I never thought I’d ask.

  43. So wait, DOUBLE first cousins. My family Math is not strong, but does that mean that both sets of parents are siblings to each other, or that their parents are ALSO first cousins?

  44. The other day I had a client (hairstylist) who has gay friends but doesn’t believe they should be able to marry or adopt. After she left my brain remembered she use to bang her cousin.

  45. If one set of siblings marry another set of sibling and have children. For example, two of my uncles married sisters, so their children are double first cousins

  46. Not cool guide, red is legal and green is illegal, it's counterintuitive. The positive case is usually green and the negative is red.

  47. What big brother doesn’t know, won’t hurt him. I say it’s nobody’s business but yours!! Loose lips sink ships!

  48. Cousin fucking isn't that big of a deal really. The chances of making a kid with issues is only at worst going to be

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