What These First Cousins Are Trying To Do In Utah Will Give You The Willies

Michael and Angie Lee are first cousins and they just got married on Monday in the state of Colorado. We can hear the collective gasps and violent wretching of all of our dear readers, and we share the same sentiment.

Anyhoo, the challenge these two are facing is that their home state of Utah doesn’t recognize the union.

However, the Lees are fighting tooth and nail to change all of that. The couple — blech — has started a petition to get their marriage — blech again — to be recognized socially where they live.

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In an online plea seeking 1,000 supporters to “allow first cousins to marry in Utah,” Angela Lee says the state’s “law is outdated and it needs to be changed so that [she and her husband] can socially legitimize [their] love.”

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CNN reported that Utah prohibits first cousins from marrying unless both are at least 65 years old, or 55 and infertile. The major concern is the potential for birth defects in offspring who come from closely related parents.

Research from Columbia University suggests children born to unrelated couples have a 3 to 4 percent change of being born with a genetic disorder, according to CNN. In babies born to first cousins, there is a 4 to 7 percent chance.

In an online plea seeking 1,000 supporters to “allow first cousins to marry in Utah,” Angela Lee says the state’s “law is outdated and it needs to be changed so that [she and her husband] can socially legitimize [their] love.”

CNN reported that Utah prohibits first cousins from marrying unless both are at least 65 years old, or 55 and infertile. The major concern is the potential for birth defects in offspring who come from closely related parents.

Research from Columbia University suggests children born to unrelated couples have a 3 to 4 percent change of being born with a genetic disorder, according to CNN. In babies born to first cousins, there is a 4 to 7 percent chance.

You know, there’s probably a whole lot of Americans who are just fine with the stigma around first cousins marrying staying right where it is.

Look, throughout history there has been all kinds of sickening interfamily marriages, even back in the Bible. However, as family lines have separated, this is no longer a recommended course of action, both morally and scientifically.

If this sort of relationship could potentially harm your future children, you’re obligated to consider a different path.

Anyway, aren’t there like a ton of jokes that start out with marrying cousins? It’s like that for a reason, folks.

Just don’t do it.

Source: TheBlaze

Michael Stanley is a professional writer with 10 years of experience who has previously written for Young Conservatives, Allen West, and many others.
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