Although first-cousin marriages are legal in Britain, there have been calls to ban the practice because of reports that it has resulted in a higher-than-average incidence of birth defects in certain immigrant communities where it is common and culturally acceptable.
However, Professors Paul and Spencer said that the risk of congenital defects is about 2 per cent higher than average for babies born to first-cousin marriages – with the infant mortality about 4.4 per cent higher – which is on a par with the risk to babies born to women over 40.
There is a very, very low chance of birth defects, and most US states legally allow first cousins to get married.This week on the message boards, y’all are discussing what you should do if you like your cousin: Sweet Sahara said: “I wouldn’t say it’s ‘wrong’.It’s not like you guys are siblings, but, however, it is odd."Women over the age of 40 have a similar risk of having children with birth defects and no one is suggesting they should be prevented from reproducing," said Professor Spencer, whose co-authored study is published in the online journal Public Library of Science.First-cousin marriages were once quite common in Europe, especially among the elite – Charles Darwin married his first cousin Emma Wedgwood – but that changed in the late 19th-century as people, especially women, became more socially mobile and the risks became more evident.I was sitting comfortably in an aisle seat when a man came by asking to exchange seats as he was sitting next to a lady who would prefer a woman.Since it didn’t make much of a difference to me, I volunteered to to exchange seats with the man.Today, only six states allow marriage between first cousins, but bans on marrying one’s cousin only just started popping up in the last century. Giuliani thought Regina Peruggi was a third cousin, but he later discovered she was his second. The former governor of New York famous for being unmerciful on criminals married his second cousin, unbeknownst to him.Sometimes you might be at a family function with some distantly related people and think that someone you’re related to is kinda cute. I mean, they’re related to you, how could they not be attractive?But what are you supposed to do when you’re actually attracted to someone, like your cousin?