Cousin unions addressed
Dane Smith, Jan. 17, 2003

One of the more talked-about bill introductions Thursday was a proposal to eliminate Minnesota's law against marriages between first cousins. 

The bill is sponsored by Reps. Phyllis Kahn of Minneapolis and Cy Thao of St. Paul. They say recent scientific studies conclude that children of first cousins are at no greater risk of genetic defects than others. Thao, one of two Hmong legislators, said such unions are not uncommon in that culture. Kahn said the law also is a problem for Somali immigrants...

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Should the state of Minnesota pass this law making it legal for first cousins to marry?
Cousin unions addressed

Dane Smith, Jan. 17, 2003

One of the more talked-about bill introductions Thursday was a proposal to eliminate Minnesota`s law against marriages between first cousins.

The bill is sponsored by Reps. Phyllis Kahn of Minneapolis and Cy Thao of St. Paul. They say recent scientific studies conclude that children of first cousins are at no greater risk of genetic defects than others. Thao, one of two Hmong legislators, said such unions are not uncommon in that culture. Kahn said the law also is a problem for Somali immigrants...

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19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 9:03:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
No way! That's incestuous and sick!
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 9:08:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
However, it is common among Somalis and Hmongs (Laotians) who are a sizeable minority in Minneapolis/St Paul. And they have found that there is no risk of genetic defects for babies born to such unions.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 9:24:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
A lot of the more blue blood families do this, supposedly to create a good solid blood line. I just watched a story about the duPont family marrying only within the family. I don't personally have a problem with it, I wouldn't do it. And I think it'd be a little weird to tell people you met because your parents are related. :P
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 9:46:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I had a roomate in college from this tiny town of 300 people, and she was engaged to her first cousin because he was the only guy her age in town, LOL ... After she came to college though we found her some new men :P
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 4:19:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
"After she came to college though we found her some new men" Were they also her cousins? lol If there is no genetic risk for offspring, there is no rationale for it being illegal. However, I cringe at the notion of dating one of my cousins!
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 11:35:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
LOL ... She ended up marrying a non-relative, someone not even from our state! So we saved her
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 11:37:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
But what happens if you don't have a cousin of the opposite sex?
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 11:42:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only if she's cute !!!
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 11:43:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
why does this sound like part of jeff foxworthy's "you might be a redneck" routine...?
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 11:44:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I think that is really gross!
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/21/03 - 11:48:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have a feeling this is going to be a great thread as it goes along, LOL
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 11:08:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
no that would be gross. I know a guy who likes his frist cousin and it is way gross and if thay did marry there kids would probly be retarded.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 11:22:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
Terrones: I'm not saying I'm for it, but did you even read the story? The point was that they've discovered that children born from first cousin relationships are in no more danger of defects than children born from other types of relationships.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/10/03 - 11:19:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
i know i wont be doing it, but if its 2 consenting adults, who am i to say its perverse and shouldnt happen?
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/10/03 - 11:22:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
*shaun54 has been assassinated*
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 9:58:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
It is their bodies and it has no effect on anyone, but themselves. I say why not, love is love and you do not choose who you love.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 10:03:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
I say let them do their thing. You won't find me marrying any of my cousins though...
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 10:06:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
ofcourse it should be legalized... how else will tsu find a husband?
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 10:38:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
i had a dream the toher night that my parents were related (THEY AREN'T, DON'T WORRY) and it was horrible.. I think t would be terrible if you found out your parents are related..
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 10:39:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
but then again, i don't even live in the US so suure make it legal!!
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 11:20:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ewwwww... marry my cousin? Ugh... I grew up with him, that would be like marrying my brother...
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 11:26:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutley it should be legal--it should be legal throughout the US. It is in most of the rest of the world. All research shows that states that prohibit first cousin marriages have no difference in the amount of birth defects amongst children compared to those that allow it. Besides, first cousin marriages account for something like 1 out of every 1000 marriages in this country. Its not a big enough issue to warrant having a law even if it did cause damage.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 12:20:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
in a country with so many god damn people, why the hell would you pass legislation that promotes the possibility of incest?
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 12:23:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
There's only a marginal increase in the risk of birth defects. http://www.discover.com/june _02/feat_kissing.html
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 12:31:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
so what? you have over a 85 percent chance of surviving a game of Russian roulette, that doesn't make it safe!

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