But why couldn't genetic screening take care of that problem?
As points out, "Current studies indicate that cousin couples have a lower ratio of miscarriages—perhaps because body chemistry of cousins is more similar." Wouldn't the chance of miscarriage be even lower for siblings?
From this, the media have concluded that marrying your first cousin is "OK." Is it?
As Frame Game has argued before, topics such as sex with animals, dog-eating, and sex with cousins are never as simple as they're made out to be.
Often, you have to change your opinions on related issues in order to honor that principle, or you have to throw out the principle and change your mind about the original question. You can't appeal to the Bible; in the Bible, God commands marriages between first cousins.
Instead, advocates of laws against cousin marriage appeal to science.
The site argues that "sexual relations between consenting adults [are] no one's business but their own." Aunt Kate, the site's advice columnist, tells a reader who's shacking up with her half brother that "if you are consenting adults there is no prohibition on simply enjoying your relationship." The site's "Statement of Principles" touts the "special intimacy" of romance between cousins: "The love and chemistry of cousins is typically astronomical as compared with other couples.
According to the authors, that difference isn't big enough to justify genetic testing of cousin couples, much less bans on cousin marriage.
In some cases, because it promises "better treatment by in-laws" or because it keeps "goods and property within a family," says the study. Maybe we should worry more about whether people in these communities are free If cultural respect is your principle, how far do you carry it?
According to the study, some African, Asian, and Middle Eastern cultures prefer marriages "between an uncle and niece." Should we respect those cultures by permitting those marriages?
The study's authors and its trumpeters in the media suffer from the congenital liberal conceit that science solves all moral questions.
The authors instruct genetic counselors to focus on "validating feelings" and helping cousin couples "normalize" their relationships by explaining how common cousin marriages are. What if, in addition, your dad and my dad are brothers?
The group is people who are married to their cousins.