2 years ago
Last edited at 6:35AM on 12/1/2011
Yes...although I am not an attorney, I feel quite certain of that. In fact, in 26 U.S. states people can legally marry even their first cousin. And according to a website I found, first cousin marriages are also legal throughout Canada and Mexico, and in every European country.
It is said that all people on Earth are related at least by 50th cousins. And that we are all descendants of cousin marriages, because historically they were more accepted than now.
And that by the time you get as far out as second cousins, the risk of genetic defects is little or not at all greater than the general population.
With all do respect, with all the women in this world what would ever make you consider a cousin no matter how far down the family chain she is? Family is family and that should be a line never crossed. Why take a chance at genetic issues if you were to have a child. We really don't know how far down the line a situation like this will go because not much research has been done that far down the line. Be safe for both of you and find someone else.
Yes, you can. Your chances of genetic issues are really very low but you can always verify that with a genetic specialist if you doubt my answer. There are places in the US you can still marry your first cousin too. That's not something I would be comfortable with but a third or fourth cousin is pretty "far removed". If you love each other enough to overlook everyone else's judgement, you can have a happy life.
I believe that the legal restriction is either 2nd or 3rd cousin. I think that 3rds a little silly... it makes sense that people physically related can't marry (birth defects) but that far is probably only a legal thing.