Is it legal for first cousins to marry?


It is legal for first cousins to marry in 19 states plus the District of Columbia. Six states allow first cousins to marry under certain circumstances. It is illegal in the other 25 states.

Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia all allow marriage between first cousins. The National Conference of State Legislatures states that Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Utah and Wisconsin allow first cousin marriage under certain circumstances. All other states not listed above prohibit marriage between first cousins.

When first cousins marry and have a child, there is an increased chance of the child having genetic defects. Unrelated couples have a 3 or 4 percent chance of having a child with genetic health issues, while first cousins have an added 2 or 3 percent chance.

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