Same-Sex Marriages, No Way… First Cousins, Sure

Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Albert Einsein and Cousin-Wife Elsa

Five states currently allow homosexuals to marry, a right that’s been slow to spread because of complaints that such unions would pervert the institution of marriage. Meanwhile, more than 50% of the nation’s states do permit first cousins to marry.

States with laws legalizing same-sex weddings are Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to the pro-gay rights website, The New Civil Rights Movement.
The 26 states that allow first-cousin marriages range from Alaska to South Carolina, California to Wisconsin, and Alabama to Vermont., which defends romantic relationships between cousins, lists the following famous figures who married their first cousin: Johann Sebastian Bach, Werner von Braun, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Jesse James, Queen Victoria and H.G. Wells. Other prominent people married to first cousins are Abdullah Gul, the current president of Turkey; John Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister; and Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
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