Court Okays Incestuous Marriage Between Uncle & Niece

They say true love conquers all -- and in this case, it conquered New York State's incest laws. A woman who married her mother's half-brother was threatened with deportation back to her native Vietnam because a judge ruled that her marriage to her half-uncle was null and void because it was incestuous. The pair, who have been married for 14 years, took the fight to court. And they won.


Their lawyer argued that the couple are related by DNA only so much as two first cousins are -- and it's legal for first cousins to marry in New York State. A niece-uncle marriage is not legal, but the couple were saved by the fact that the man is only half-blood related to the woman's mother. I know, kind of confusing, right?

As someone who has a half-uncle who I didn't even meet until I was a young adult, I personally could never imagine marrying him, but to each their own, I guess. Plus, the couple are only four years apart in age. It would have been much weirder if the man had known her while he was an adult and she was a child.

It's unclear how the couple knew each other or if they grew up around each other or met as adults.

The whole incest thing is a controversial topic. Some people feel as long as it's between consenting adults, well, what's the problem? I tend to feel that if the couple in question grew up in the same household and one party was much younger, and the other party was a parental figure -- then that's where you get into a power imbalance that borders on abuse, even if they wait until consenting age to get sexually involved.

But you would hate for two lovebirds to be torn asunder if they met while adults, fell in love, and didn't even know they were related, as what reportedly happened in Brazil, when a married couple discovered they were brother and sister.

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But the course of true love never did run smooth -- and it definitely doesn't for kissing cousins. Or, in this case, kissing uncles and nieces. [Shudder.]

Do you think this should be legal?


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