In light of my replies to recent topics I decided... aw, hell, why not?
What does one think of it? Any sort of cousin (romantic and/or sexual) relationships?
Many people view it as incest; many people claiming to be liberal (socially) view it as nothing but us "inbreed conservatives/southerners" do (you despite the fact that politics has nothing to do with it). Then again, some have no problem with it regardless of politics.
Some think it's okay for distant cousins (ie too distant to even be considered related). Some think it's okay so long as you're not first cousins.
And so on and so forth.
The way I see it, it doesn't make any sense for there to be anything wrong with it. Hell, the everyday passerby won't even know the two are related unless you tell them!
That's the social aspect.
Now on the the Genetic aspect. Think the kid will come out with three heads, 7 toes and one eye? Think again!
Actually for second and third cousins it's actually ups your chances of having a healthy child because you have similar genes yet not so similar it would cause a problem.
Is there and increased risk for possible offspring? Yes, but it's no different than that of a woman over 35 having children yet they can still have kids.
It's legal in a lot of countries, which most don't think that it is. It's legal in I believe about half of the US states too... and no, actually, Arkansas and West Virginia are not included (I know, what a shocker, right?).
In my oh-so wonderful state it's only illegal for first cousins I believe. And I think it's legal in Florida, New York, California, Alabama, and those are the only ones I can name off the top of my head.
Also in a number of states where it's illegal there are also loopholes stating that oh sure you can get married, just don't do it in our state.
For those of you religious you should seriously consider re-reading some things. But then again it varies, slightly, with religion.
Going back to genetics here, that was all assuming they even wanted kids in the first place. And I believe a few states require genetic counseling before you think about having a kid, and they can help you determine the odds of deformities and whatnot.
Now on to my own personal story, I have no problem with it, never have.
As a matter of fact I was in a relationship with one of my cousins once. It didn't end well but we're cool still.
[by the way, I wasn't breaking the law, he's my first cousin once removed - meaning he's my first cousins kid]
And so now I ask if, despite all the evidence, people still have a problem with it?
And if you do or do not please state why. Oh and do you think it should be legal on a state by state basis (at least in the US obviously)?
And generally, just give an opinion is all.
More links to be added as soon as I find all those articles.
Note: Sorry if I come off sounding sarcastic or rude. I've had a hard day today and didn't feel like beating around the bush.
Oh, and I didn't see a topic for this, so if there is one I'm sorry but I did search.