Thank you to my friend Jen for inspiring this story. If you will recall Lex’ last story on TSM on Equality, we celebrated Marriage Equality in the state of New York, giving us a grand total of 6 states plus the District of Columbia granting marriage equality. While I’m inspired and hopeful that we will eventually put an end to discriminating against the LGBT community, no thanks to John Boehner, I am nonplussed to learn that in 25 states it is legal to marry your first cousin. Really? Does anyone else see a problem here? I invite everyone who believes in civil rights to be engaged to extend civil rights to the LGBT community in every state and on the Federal level.
Here is some disturbing and interesting information by guest correspondent for TSM, Jennifer Lockett:
So, I have been doing some extensive research, and it turns out that the Bible does not actually been cousin-cousin incest. In the Bible, it describes incest (for males – women don’t get legislated as they’re not real people) as a man (jewish man, gentiles also don’t seem to count here) having sex with his mother, his father’s other wives or concubines, his sister, his half-sister, and his step-sister (if she is brought up in the same household). Still, there are exceptions if a man first marries his relation before having sex with her [/source]. Even if he doesn’t, they make some exceptions (Lot had sexual relations with his daughters and they conceived his children) . Yep, nothing about cousins.
Yep, nothing immoral going on here.
Here are Jennifer’s sources:
1 Corinthian 7
These are the basic sources for these references.