Are there any states where you can marry your first cousin?

What states can 1st cousins marry?

Summary

State First cousin marriage allowed Sexual relations or cohabitation allowed
Alaska No Yes
Arizona Only if both parties are 65 or older, or one is infertile No
Arkansas No Yes
California Yes Yes

Is it legal in any state to marry a first cousin?

Twenty-four states prohibit marriages between first cousins. Twenty states and the District of Columbia allow cousins to marry; six states permit first-cousin marriage only under certain circumstances.

Is it illegal to sleep with your cousin?

Sex Between Cousins May Be Illegal Incest.

This is how California defines its incest law. But because first cousins can marry in California, as mentioned above, that means adult first cousins in California may legally have sex.

Can you marry your sister?

It’s also perfectly acceptable to marry your foster brother or sister, or step brother or sister, as long as you weren’t adopted by the adults who raised you. But if you were adopted – but never lived in the same house at the same time – you can’t get married.

Is it legal to marry your sister in Alabama?

Alabama Marriage Requirements

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You cannot marry children, siblings, parents, uncles, aunts, grandchildren, grandparents or great grandparents of any relation.

What cousins can marry?

Indeed what “Ancestor” means within the scope of the Marriage Act is any person in which you are descended including your parent. So, while it is illegal (for good reason) to marry your parents or your grandparents, you are legally able to marry your first cousin.

What does the Bible say about marrying cousins?

Also, cousins are not included in the lists of prohibited relationships. However, the Bible prohibits relationships with any close blood relative (Leviticus 18:6).

Why is marrying your siblings illegal?

Romantic and sexual relationships between siblings or other family members is called incest, and if one of the people involved are under the age of consent then it is illegal because it’s illegal for an adult to date a minor.

What will happen if you have a baby with your cousin?

First cousins are somewhat more likely than unrelated parents to have a child with a serious birth defect, mental retardation or genetic disease, but their increased risk is nowhere near as large as most people think, the scientists said.