WE can't help falling in love - and sometimes it can be with the wrong person.

    So is it legal to marry your cousin and start a family with them.


    In the UK, it is legal to marry your cousin

    Can I marry my cousin in the UK?

    It is currently legal for you to marry your cousin in the UK.

    This means that you can wed the children of your aunts and uncles.

    There is however a big matter of contention surrounding the morality.

    Studies have shown that it may increase the chance of defects in children.

    Cousins can marry if they are 18 or over without consent from a parent or legal guardian.

    If they are 16 or 17 they will need permission.


    Can having children with cousins affect babies?

    There is a higher chance of marriage between relatives affecting any offspring.

    Each child has 23 pairs of chromosomes with one chromosome from each pair inherited from the mother and the other from the father.

    The chromosomes contain the genes you inherit from your parents.

    Hereditary disorders and defects can occur in a child in different ways, but the one that could relate to cousins having children is known as autosomal recessive inheritance .


    This means the condition can only be passed on to a child if both parents have a copy of the faulty gene – both are "carriers" of the condition.

    And this is more likely if the parents are related.

    Conditions passed on in this pattern are cystic fibrosis , sickle cell anaemia , thalassaemia and Tay-Sachs disease, but there are many others too.

    If a person does not have a disease or disorder that they know of, they still may have the gene inside them and be a carrier, which would be recessive.

    If just one parent has this and the other does not, their child may be a carrier of the gene but will definitely not develop a condition - it means they could then pass the carrier gene on to their own children.

    If two recessive genes of the same disorder or disease come together, one from each parent, there is a one in four chance of the child developing that disorder, according to the NHS,  and the child will have a 50 per cent chance of being a carrier.

    In the context of first cousins marrying, the cousins are more likely to carry similar genes and therefore the chance of two recessive genes coming together is greater.

    Studies have shown that a child of first cousins is more likely to have birth defects than two people who meet at random, because first cousins share 12.5 per cent of their DNA, according to a 2002 study in the journal of genetic counselling .

    Because of the overlap there is a 1.7 to 2.8 per cent bigger risk of intellectual disability and genetic disorders than the general population says  Robin Bennett , the lead author of that research.

    A variety in genetics will help prevent disease.

    There are still wide-ranging views on the matter however.

    Alan Bittles, from the Centre for Comparative Genomics in Australia, says that the risk of birth defects rises from roughly 2% in the general population to 4% for first cousins and "it would be a mistake to ban it".

    Hamish Spencer, head of zoology at the University of Otago in New Zealand told  ScientificAmerican.com  the elevated risk is "comparable to a 40-year-old woman having children and we consider that perfectly acceptable.

    "I can't imagine a law saying they're not allowed to have children."

    Marrying a first cousin is a common practice in the Pakistani community.

    And a study carried out in Bradford where there are a high level of Pakistanis living, showed that birth defects are increased when two family members procreate.

    Marriage between first cousins more than doubles the chance of having a child with potentially life-threatening defects, it showed.

    Out of 11,000 births between 2007 and 2011 in Bradford, more than 2,000 babies were born from first cousin parents.

    The children had a six per cent chance of having an abnormality from birth, compared to the average of three per cent.

    Children born to parents that were related but not first cousins also had a higher chance of abnormalities.

    Which relatives cannot marry?

    Just because you can marry your cousin, does not mean that you can marry every relative in your family tree.

    There are relatives who you cannot marry, no matter how much you love them:

    • Siblings and half-siblings cannot marry each other.
    • A parent cannot marry his or her son or daughter.
    • You cannot marry any one of your grandparents.
    • You cannot marry your parents' siblings - meaning your aunts and uncles.
    • You cannot marry your nephews - meaning your siblings' children.
    • Adoptive children cannot marry their genetic parents or grandparents or their adoptive parents.

    Which famous people have married their cousins?

    There are many famous people out there that made headlines for marrying their cousins.

    Here, we name you a few:

    • HRH Elizabeth , Queen of England, and late husband Prince Philip were third cousins , as well as second cousins once removed and married in 1947.
    • Biologist Charles Darwin married his first cousin Emma Wedgewood in 1839.
    • Queen Victoria married Albert, Prince Consort, her cousin in 1840.
    • Albert Einstein's second wife was his second cousin, Elsa.
    Can I marry my cousin in Korea?
    In some jurisdictions, cousin marriage is legally prohibited: for example, in mainland China, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, the Philippines and 24 of the 50 United States. The laws of many jurisdictions set out the degree of consanguinity prohibited among sexual relations and marriage parties. more
    Is second cousin inbreeding?
    First cousins have an inbreeding coefficient of 0.0625. Anything at or above 0.0156, the coefficient for second cousins, is considered consanguineous; that includes relationships between people and their nephews and nieces. more
    Who would win in a war North Korea or South Korea?
    With more than fifty times the economic strength, a vast technological advantage, and twice the population, South Korea could build a military of the size and capability necessary to deter and, if necessary, defeat another North Korean invasion. more
    Is South Korea clean?
    In fact, the South Korean government has passed numerous environmental laws, of which include restrictions on both green belts and emission that have dramatically improved Seoul's air quality. Despite this improvement, South Korea remains one of the most polluted countries in the world in terms of air quality. more
    Who is first cousin?
    First cousins are the children of siblings. They share a set of grandparents. First cousins are the same generation as each other. They're both two generations away from the grandparents they share. Second cousins are the children of first cousins. more
    Does Korea have geisha?
    SEOUL, South Korea — They are known as the "flowers that can understand words" — graceful entertainers from Korea's past who are adept at poetry, art and music, and are the peninsula's version of Japan's geishas. And they have become the new hot cultural property in 21st-century South Korea. more
    Does Korea claim Tsushima?
    But the current government in Seoul — which controls a separate chain of islets that Japan says belongs to it — does not make any official claim to Tsushima. The islanders keenly feel Tsushima's history as a steppingstone for military forays in both directions. more
    Did Mongols conquer Korea?
    A series of campaigns were conducted between 1231 and 1270 by the Mongol Empire against the Goryeo dynasty of Korea.Mongol invasions of Korea. more
    How corrupt is South Korea?
    Corruption in South Korea is moderate compared to most countries in the Asia-Pacific and the broader international community. Transparency International's 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index scored South Korea at 54 on a scale between 0 (very corrupt) and 100 (least corrupt). more
    Who was snoopys cousin?
    Snoopy has at least six cousins: Spike, Belle, Marbles, Olaf and Andy. 7. more
    Does Korea celebrate Christmas?
    South Korea is the only Asian country that recognises Christmas (or Sung Tan Jul) as a national holiday. Although Koreans will have the day off to sit back and relax with their nearest and dearest, it is not a traditional holiday like Seollal or Chuseok. more

    Source: www.thesun.co.uk

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