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Can you marry your cousins?
September 24, 2011 3:08PM
In many countries, including half the states in the US, it is legal to marry your first cousin or any other cousin. Most jurisdictions, even those that do not permit first cousin marriages, do not object to second cousin marriages.
Some people believe that marrying your first cousin will increase the risk of having a deformed baby, but unless you both come from families with a long history of cousin marriages, the increased risk is actually very small.
While cousin marriage is not uncommon in some groups (European 19th century royalty and eastern European Jews, for example) it is nontraditional in many cultures, and many family members may protest against such a move.