Further, if you include second cousins in the mix, according to the , the increased risks with regards to having children are nearly non-existent in this case compared with non-cousin marriage.
As one man in such a relationship recently discussed, some members of the couple’s immediate family no longer speak to them and have never met the couple’s children.
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In modern western society, marrying your cousin is not well accepted, particularly in the United States.
She's the same age as me so I've known her, but our paths had never previously crossed.
But then bombshell, we both discover that we're second cousins. I appreciate it isn't the norm but is it ground upon, badly? If you really want to, then NSA is literally the best option (disclaimer: I don't actually endorse the idea of sleeping with relatives).
Advocates on the other side point out that this resulted in only a 6% chance for the children in the study, as compared with a 3% chance for the population as a whole. This is not very likely to happen in modern societies that practice first-cousin marriage.
For your reference, this increase in birth defect rate is about the same as the increased risk of a woman having a baby when she is 40 vs. Proponents here point out that few would advocate banning a 40 year old woman from having children. In fact, in a number of countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Yemen and in the Palestinian Territories, paternal parallel cousin marriage is the preferred form of consanguineous marriage.
In fact, it is estimated that as many as 80% of the marriages in human history have been between first or second cousins.