Dear Prudence: Should these kissing cousins call it quits?

  • Article by: EMILY YOFFE , Slate
  • Updated: November 25, 2012 - 5:36 PM
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loop80Nov. 26, 12 3:27 AM

Those laws should be repealed? Do you like to see children have birth defects?

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vonnegut5Nov. 26, 12 6:36 AM

I hear banjos.

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suew314Nov. 26, 1211:12 AM

There is NO scientific evidence that children born of even first cousins have a higher incidence of birth defects.

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rreneeNov. 27, 1210:07 AM

My understanding is it takes being more than a child of first cousins to be a second cousin. At least in the eyes of the law. These two are really first cousins once removed. I only know this because of friends who dated and had the same last name. Before the state would allow them to marry, they had to prove they weren't related.

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mplshockeymaNov. 27, 1212:56 PM

rrenee - they are second cousins, not first cousins once removed. The level (1st, 2nd, etc) depends on generation in the family. So the writer's mother and boyfriend's mother are first cousins - one of their parents was the other's sibling. The writer and boyfriend are then second cousins, as their mothers are first cousins. The writer and her boyfriend's mother, and the writer's mother and boyfriend, are 1st cousins once removed, as they are in different generations.

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