Usually I give my lists a prologue like “I was watching TV the other day and during a Nissan commercial I thought to myself, ‘Hey, that’s a cool song’ so I decided to devote five hours of my late 20s to an 11 Points list of techno music from 2000 to 2005 that’s been used in foreign car commercials.” This list gets no such prologue.
I have no desire to marry my first cousins (so no worries, Sarah, Rachel, Molly or Julie) — nor any recollection of why the idea for this list popped into my strange, strange brain.
By the way, if you’re wondering why I didn’t start this list with the states that ban all cousin marriages or second cousin marriages… It is legal in all 50 states to marry your second cousin. Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oregon, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming So these states are pretty strict.
These states have the strictest laws (especially Kentucky, Nevada and Ohio, as you’ll see the others below all make exceptions).
In these six states, you can’t marry your first cousin OR first cousin once removed (your first cousin once removed is the child of your first cousin).
Thus, If you have found this website seeking information about cousin marriages, you have came to the right place.
Take a deep breath if you are in the awkward initial stage of it all and grab your favorite beverage. With the current obscene divorce rate, a good case could be made that too many people are “tying-the-knot” before they are ready for such a life-changing commitment.
And I’d be shocked, just shocked, to think that any places in this country would try to legislate morality. Go ahead and marry your first cousin, just don’t do it on our turf. Michigan doesn’t have any precedents on it, nor any laws that seem to specifically prohibit it. In Indiana, first cousins or first once removed can get together… In Wisconsin, the way around the ban is for the woman to be over 55 or at least one of the two people to be infertile. it’s one thing for a couple of young, naive cousins to fall in love.
It’s like when the CTU director du jour turns off the camera so Jack Bauer can torture someone off the record on is still about lots ‘o torture and a revolving door of CTU directors saying “I’m in charge now.” I haven’t watched the show since they brought Wayne Palmer out of a coma or something to get him to stop yet another hot-headed vice presi… Arkansas’s position on first cousin marriages is clearer — they don’t want to accept it — but a 1986 Arkansas Supreme Court decision, Etheridge v. But if you’re 68 years old and just realizing that the cousin you’ve been hangin’ with since you were toddlers is actually the love of your life… These are similar bans, they just apply only to first cousins.
We do our best to try and help you find your own answers.
Have questions or concerns about your significant other, coworkers, family, or just relationships in general? Enter now and let our caring, close-knit community help you find the answers for yourself!
Although this website’s purpose isn’t to promote cousin marriages, we can’t find a good reason to discourage kissing cousins from taking the next logical step.