Question: Is it legal to date your first cousin?

In the United States, second cousins are legally allowed to marry in every state. However, marriage between first cousins is legal in only about half of the American states. All in all, marrying your cousin or half-sibling will largely depend on the laws where you live and personal and/or cultural beliefs.

Is it OK to date your first cousin?

Legally, you can date and be intimate with your first cousin, but if you are considering marriage, laws vary by state and country. As with all moral decisions, this is a personal, but complicated matter, given societal norms and the many who see cousin marriages as taboo.

Whats wrong with dating your cousin?

Marrying a cousin is usually considered a bad idea, because inbreeding can lead to harmful genetic conditions. But paradoxically, in some societies, marrying a related spouse is linked to having more surviving children, research suggests.

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