By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – What does the law say about marrying a relative?READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Chance Of Light Snow Showers In Pennsylvania As Meteorological Winter Begins Wednesday
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While always repulsive, when is it illegal to marry a relative here in the US? That depends on state laws.
It is illegal in all states to marry your mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or sibling. As for cousins, most – but not all – states forbid marriage between first cousins. Nope, the states that don’t forbid it are not all in the South.MORE NEWS: 14-Year-Old, Samir Jefferson, Shot Nearly 20 Times, Killed While Waiting For SEPTA Bus In North Philadelphia, Police Say
Surprised, Massachusetts and Connecticut – neither of which ban marriage between first cousins? More surprisingly, there are no laws that forbid marriage between second cousins. Even so, if the fear of genetic diseases doesn’t stop you from dating your second cousin, think about how you’d feel to see the girl with whom you hooked up last weekend at the family reunion this weekend.