Hands up who thought about dating their cousin? In the UK it is legal to marry your cousin; in parts of West Africa there's a saying, "Cousins are made for cousins"; but in America it is banned or restricted in 31 states. Restrictions include genetic counselling or that couples are past the age of reproduction. I've never lusted after my cousins, and I'm confident the feeling is mutual.
The Surprising Truth About Cousins and Marriage
Dating first cousin
A cousin marriage is a marriage where the partners are cousins i. Opinions vary widely as to the merits of the practice, and in some jurisdictions cousin marriages are prohibited. In some cultures and communities, cousin marriages are considered ideal and actively encouraged; in others, they are subject to social stigma. In some countries, the practice is common; in others it is uncommon though legal.
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. While there have been instances of the banning of marriage between cousins at various points through history, such as the Roman Catholics banning the practice for a time starting with the Council of Agde in AD, for the most part marriage among cousins has been popular as long as people have been getting married.