"Women over the age of 40 have a similar risk of having children with birth defects and no one is suggesting they should be prevented from reproducing," said Professor Spencer, whose co-authored study is published in the online journal Public Library of Science.
First-cousin marriages were once quite common in Europe, especially among the elite – Charles Darwin married his first cousin Emma Wedgwood – but that changed in the late 19th-century as people, especially women, became more socially mobile and the risks became more evident.
I’m taking more about the TV plots where our main character discovers the person they’re newly dating and, presumably, very excited about is a some sort of second or third-ish cousin.
So, actually you and the love of your life Maeby wouldn’t count in this situation.
In that passage, we are commanded not to marry a parent, a step-parent, a grandchild (and, understood, a grandparent), a sibling, a brother or sister of a parent (i.e., an aunt or uncle), or a half-sibling.
Marriage between cousins is nowhere forbidden in the Bible.
I dunno - why is it I'm getting a visual of the Clampets and the Jedds and a pick up truck with women in the back wearing polka-dot babooshka's..........
My recommendation - family tree - the name could be by marriage only and if not - then blood test!