Should marriage between (first) cousins (in other words, you share one pair of grandparents) be legal?
Some facts to consider:
1. Cousin marriage is legal in (almost all of) Europe , Russia, the Middle East, Japan, North Africa, southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Americas except in 30 US states. In other words, legal cousin marriage is the global norm.
2. The risk of birth defects is talked about a lot, but actually the risks are exaggerated. The chance that a non-cousin couple’s child will have birth defects is 3%. The risk for a first-cousin couple is 4.7% to 5.8%, which is the same risk as for a woman aged over 40. Yet, of course, women aged over 40 are legally allowed to get married and have children. Bear in mind that we also don't stop people with serious, inheritable illnesses, like HIV/AIDS, from marrying and having kids.
- Yes.Vote A
- No.Vote B
- Yes, but only if they’re incapable of having children: they’re same-sex or she’s past menopause or they’re otherwise infertile.Vote C
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Yes, because imposing subjective forms of morality onto others is bullshit.3