According to this, two first cousins from Utah are fighting to change the laws in their state so more first cousins can get married…or whatever.
Angie Lee’s father is the oldest of 12 children; Michael Lee’s mother is number five in the same family and the two say they have loved each other since childhood. They were reunited after 10 years apart this winter and say they are finally ready to disregard the risks.
Angie told ABC4’s Sarah Martin, “We said OK this is crazy but we’re adults now, we’re single now, we’re just going to go for it and who cares what our family thinks.”
Dude. You SHOULD care what your family thinks, at least to some extent.
They are crossing two big hurdles to get married; the most obvious is genetics. According to researchers at Columbia University, first cousins share 12.5 percent of their DNA. First cousins who have children face a 4-7 percent chance of their child having a genetic disorder as opposed to a 3-4 percent chance for an average couple.
The second major hurdle is the law. In Utah, it’s illegal for first cousins to get married unless they are 65 years old, 55 if they can prove they are infertile.
I didn’t know that. Luckily for them, they didn’t have to wait. There are #NoRules in Colorado, so they got married there earlier this week. However, they’re not done fighting.
“We would like to have enough exposure to where we can go into a congressman or senator, someone with political clout and present a case sound enough to get the law changed,” Michael said.
“No one I’ve ever been with will make me feel as perfect as she does,” he added. “Her being my cousin and some of the responses is a small price to pay.”
They have a petition. Just so you know. It reads:
My first cousin and I have been in love with each other our whole lives but we are prohibited from marrying in the state of Utah where we live. We believe that the law is outdated and it needs to be changed so that we can socially legitimize our love.
There are like, a bazillion people out there. You really can’t find someone other than your first cousin?