I am dating my second cousin
Women in their forties are not made to feel guilty about having babies and the same should apply to cousins who want to marry, said Professor Diane Paul of the University of Massachusetts in Boston and Professor Hamish Spencer of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.Although first-cousin marriages are legal in Britain, there have been calls to ban the practice because of reports that it has resulted in a higher-than-average incidence of birth defects in certain immigrant communities where it is common and culturally acceptable.Cousins are people you are comfortable with rather than sexually attracted to.In making public your love for Alison you will disrupt that scenario. You just do it and wait for everyone to get used to the idea.IT IS true that the marriage of cousins causes raised eyebrows.It's neither forbidden nor illegal in Britain but it does seem just a little too close. As you say your family is close-knit - and about to become closer.There is some evidence that communities that practise cousin marriage experience higher levels of some very rare but very serious illnesses known as recessive genetic disorders.
Family members will begin to re-evaluate each other and wonder when the seeds of passion were first sown. MANY people for good reason or none have to run the gauntlet of family opposition to their relationships.Cousins make fun of each other's love interests, share family jokes no one else understands and physical similarities which outsiders notice.They remember midnight feasts and the time when one of you was sick after drinking a bottle of cider the day after Boxing Day a decade ago.Then in July 2008 we went to a family party and I realised I was fooling myself and we got together.
Alison and I have a strong relationship and are very much in love. The trouble is I'm worried how my family will react even though it's legal for first cousins to marry.
When we were growing up we often spent summers at our grandparents.