So here, my friends, are the 11 different state laws about first cousin marriage that exist across the 50 states.
I’ve ranked the list from the places where it’s most difficult to marry your first cousin down to the places where anything goes. Maybe someone will find this list, realize that those taboo feelings they’ve been having every year at Thanksgiving aren’t that strange, and use the info gathered here to finally make true love happen.
Because there is no such "Romeo and Juliet law" in West Virginia, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare. (a) A person is guilty of sexual assault in the third degree when: (2) The person, being sixteen years old or more, engages in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person who is less than sixteen years old and who is at least four years younger than the defendant and is not married to the defendant.
Similarly, no protections are reserved for sexual relations in which one participant is a 15 year old and the second is a 16 or 17 year old. West Virginia has five statutory sexual abuse charges on the books which are used to prosecute age of consent and child abuse related crimes within the state.
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).
C., and Shelbyville Ya know, for all the jokes about the South being the home of family member-on-family member sex…
Translation: White people in Minnesota may not marry their first cousins.
If there were black people in Minnesota, they’d be banned from that too.
) — All information comes from two websites, National Conference of State Legislatures and Cousin
Young adults who would like to get married naturally start looking for love in the community they live in, but in some parts of the country, the odds may be against them.
But if you’re from a local Indian population where marrying your first cousin is a part of your history… So, Dakota Sioux, Ojibwe and Chippewa — the tribes of Minnesota — let it ride. It’s when “two siblings reproduce with another set of siblings”… So, if a girl and her sister are out and meet two brothers, they pair off, have sex, and each couple produces a baby… And since that seems exceedingly rare, I ask you, North Carolina: Why bother?