Kissing Cousins?

I came home yesterday and Cindy was watching a Dr. Phil about ‘unconventional marriages’. Things like a 45-yr old with a 17 yr. old, or 2nd cousins wanting to get married. When I sat down they were specifically talking about the cousins who wanted to get married. One of the other relatives was grossed out and telling them that it was wrong and their children were going to have all sorts of birth defects. Dr. Phil told her that none of those things were true. (This is the part where I learned something) According to Dr. Phil’s doctor’s and researchers there is practically no risk for 2nd cousins to have birth defects in their children, AND the risk is only slightly higher among first cousins, anywhere between 1.5 - 3 percent. Plus there is no law that forbids 2nd cousins from marrying, he didn’t mention 1st cousins, but when I searched this morning I think I found some states that forbid 1st cousins from marrying. I was trying to think why it was always instilled inside of me that marrying your cousin was wrong. I figured that the Bible must’ve said it was wrong, but on the contrary there were numerous times that God commanded certain people to marry their cousin. So basically it is one huge social taboo to marry your cousin. The couple that was on the show actually met and were already dating before they found out they were cousins. Now that would be weird, I’ve always thought about what that would be like if I brought a girl home and my parent’s said, “Micah! What are you thinking? That’s your long lost cousin from Istanbul! Get away from her before you make retarded babies!” But that probably won’t happen because I’m not attracted to any of my cousins…..although there is this one 2nd cousin who was looking mighty fine a few years back. Guitar Jake can attest to this. Everytime he saw her at the local cafe he would pitch a tent, forcing us to stay for an extra 35 minutes. She really was pretty darn cute.

In related news I think I’m going to start taking banjo lessons! That way it’ll be like a mating call to all my cousins.


  1. Anthony B said,

    May 21, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

    I dont’ know what to say to all of this…
    I’m afraid I can’t help you out here…
    I’m at a loss..

  2. Phil said,

    May 21, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

    Ok 2 things.. There’s 50/50 chance your babies are gonna be retarded and I can’t help but think that this whole post was created to announce your banjo lessons. :)

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