You refer to your child dating your third cousin. Cousins usually share a common set of grandparents though it can be only one grandparent and one-half of the genetic pool. Second cousins usually share a common set of great-grandparents and one-fourth of the genetic pool.
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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.All I know is that I thought cousin marriages could make for an interesting list topic, I started digging around, and that brought us to now.
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.Plus think about how cheap the wedding will be — so much overlap in the number of guests that fall under the “well, we have to invite your Uncle Bernie” umbrella!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).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.But they’re not as worried about cousins from different generations (the whole once removed thing).