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And What Fraction of These Cousin-Marrying States Allow Gay Marriage?

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THE SHOT — Infographics are most effective when they point out what’s often readily understood but hard to visualize. Like this one from the New York Times, which puts America’s ignorant relationship with marriage rights in a blazing hot spotlight.

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On:           Dec 29, 2009
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  • 25 Comments
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      Aren’t the Gays being allowed to marry going to lead to
      incest???

      Dec 29, 2009 at 10:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • farmguy39
      farmguy39

      might I add according to info I found online when searching “first cousins and marriage”
      some of the states that allow first cousins to marry only allow it when the woman is to old or unable to bear children!!!! so much for the claim marriage is about procreation !!!!!

      Dec 29, 2009 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      Why does the law not recognize this as incest?

      Dec 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ted B.  (Charging Rhino)
      Ted B. (Charging Rhino)

      Hmmm, someone at the Natl. Conf. of State Legislatures doesn’t understand the legal difference between “gay marriage” and “civil unions”. While here in NJ we have civil unions that legally are supposed to be equivalent, they are not “marriages” in name or reality…yet.

      Dec 29, 2009 at 12:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John K.
      John K.

      Yeah, I just noticed that too, Ted B. New Jersey does not have marriage equality, just civil unions. Hopefully we will have it two weeks from now, but…

      Dec 29, 2009 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FakeName
      FakeName

      Why does the law not recognize this as incest?

      Because the lawmakers say so.

      Dec 29, 2009 at 12:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      Terrwill, this then debunks the myth that allowing gays to marry will lead to incest and polygamy. The breeders are doing it with abandon. Maybe we should raise this one next time they start mouthing off about why we shouldn’t marry. None of them condemn Islam for allowing polygamy, perfectly legal in their cultures. I daresay they’d blame us for that too. The more they open their mouths the more ridiculous their argument becomes. Idiots, all of them.

      Dec 29, 2009 at 1:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      No. 7 · Robert, NYC: And remember the interesting little
      nugget as to why the Moron church was established in the
      first place……..It seems ‘ol Brigham Young had a fondness
      for little girls, and lots of ‘em! Being the good church
      goin man that he was, he figgered that if he simply started
      a whole new religion which allowed pologmy, so he could
      then diddle away and still be considered a fine church goin
      man…………The thread where Jeremey Hooper fires
      intelligent words towards Maggot Gallagher pretty much
      showed she has no argument………

      Dec 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marco Luxe
      Marco Luxe

      What is DC’s and MD’s marriage law with respect to cousin marriages? Wonder if Bishop Harry Jackson has his nose in this yet? Not enough money or conservative props in it for him?

      Dec 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Missy Phat
      Missy Phat

      It’s too bad that this doesn’t explain that the states that allow cousin marriages actually PROHIBIT cousins from marrying until they usually reach age 65. (The purpose of this age restriction is to prevent any children being born to the marriage.) So I’m not really sure that gay people should be using cousin marriage as an example, unless they too want to be prevented from marrying until they’re senior citizens.

      Just sayin’.

      Dec 29, 2009 at 4:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FakeName
      FakeName

      Marco Luxe: What is DC’s and MD’s marriage law with respect to cousin marriages?

      If I’m reading Maryland’s code correctly, cousin marriages are legal with no age restrictions. Maryland’s code lists its exclusions in terms like “father’s sister” and “sister’s daughter” rather than “aunt” or “niece”. No restriction on marrying a parent’s sibling’s child. But you can’t marry your granddaughter’s husband for some reason and if you even try you can be fined $500.

      DC also does not list “cousin” or “parent’s sibling’s child” in its code. But you can’t marry your grandparent’s spouse.

      Missy Phat: It’s too bad that this doesn’t explain that the states that allow cousin marriages actually PROHIBIT cousins from marrying until they usually reach age 65….So I’m not really sure that gay people should be using cousin marriage as an example, unless they too want to be prevented from marrying until they’re senior citizens.

      The legality of cousin marriage with age restrictions is a pretty strong argument in favor of same-sex marriage. One of the arguments that anti-marriage stooges trot out with regularity is that the state has a compelling interest in keeping SSM illegal because marriage is designed to facilitate procreation. That a particular state only allows one sort of marriage if there is no possibility of procreation puts a stake right through the argument. This came up at, I believe, the summary judgment hearing in the Perry case. The judge noted that the last couple he married were both well above 80 years old and asked the defendant if there should have been a procreative requirement imposed on that couple (who of course said no).

      Dec 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Johnny Gall
      Johnny Gall

      that’s not all folks:

      “Zoosexuality is officially illegal in 30 states. Zoosexuality is a misdemeanor in the following states[37]:

      * California
      * Iowa
      * Maryland

      * Maine
      * Minnesota
      * Missouri

      * Nebraska
      * New York
      * North Dakota

      * Oregon
      * Pennsylvania
      * Utah
      * Wisconsin

      Zoosexuality is a felony in the following states:[37]:

      * Arizona
      * Delaware
      * Georgia

      * Idaho
      * Illinois
      * Indiana

      * Kansas
      * Massachusetts
      * Michigan

      * Mississippi
      * Oklahoma
      * Rhode Island

      * South Carolina
      * South Dakota
      * Tennessee

      * Virginia
      * Washington

      3 states had laws against zoosexuality that were declared unconstitutional by state courts and subsequently removed: Arkansas, Montana and North Carolina[37]. Because of this, these are the only states where zoosexuality could be considered legal.

      The remaining 17 states do not have laws specifically prohibiting zoosexuality, and in those states its legality is vague.”

      (okay. I copied and pasted from Wikipedia. So sue me.)

      Dec 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael vdB
      Michael vdB

      That is just scary.

      Dec 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      No. 12 · Johnny Gall: You need to be little clearer:

      > Do the laws against “Zoosexuality” mean me and a hot guy can’t go to the zoo and fuck like monkeys?

      > Or does it mean one can’t go to the zoo and fuck a monkey??

      Dec 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Missy Phat
      Missy Phat

      Fakename, I think I get what you’re saying, but correct me if I’m wrong. You’re saying that:

      If a state can regulate marriage relationships, and likewise restrict certain relationships as part of that power (i.e., a state allows cousins to marry but only if they are beyond the age of reproduction) then obviously marriage isn’t just about making children.

      Right?

      Yet equally obvious is that a same-sex marriage relationship can’t biologically produce children, either. (Not unassisted by an outside party, anyway). This inability to procreate is similar to an infertile senior cousin relationship, so therefore gays and lesbians should also be allowed to marry.

      Is that where you’re going?

      Except NOW you’ve got a huge problem, and that’s whether gay/lesbian couples should be allowed to raise children. Cousins aren’t allowed to, and it’s within the state’s interest to regulate child-raising so that cousin relationships CAN’T raise children. Are you really advocating that same sex marriages should be legalized on the basis that they should also similarly be prevented from raising children?

      Is this really what you are advocating?

      Because if what you’re REALLY saying is that marriage is just an economically beneficial relationship between two consenting people, gender notwithstanding, then take your legalized civil unions and RUN, my friend, because you will win those.

      Dec 29, 2009 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FakeName
      FakeName

      Are you really advocating that same sex marriages should be legalized on the basis that they should also similarly be prevented from raising children?

      No, not in any possible way. I’m saying that cousin marriage laws invalidate in part a state’s contention that its interest in helping to create an optimal environment for child-raising is so compelling that SSM must be denied to its citizens. Even the Obama administration, in its brief in the DOMA case, has acknowledged that child welfare is not a compelling federal interest in re sederal recognition of SSM.

      Dec 29, 2009 at 6:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz
      schlukitz

      No. 3 · Robert, NYC

      Why does the law not recognize this as incest?

      Because they refuse to see it as such.

      They are not following the law. They are simply interpreting it as it suits them and to attempt to legitimize their case against homosexuality.

      And, as we have seen, these bigoted hypocrites will use every smoke screen available to them to do just that.

      Dec 30, 2009 at 10:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ambwww@yahoo.com
      ambwww@yahoo.com

      insecurity trumps incest!

      holy hypochristians tolerate EVERYTHING more than homos.

      shame!!!

      thanks!
      alicia banks
      eloquent fury

      Dec 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tuneup
      Tuneup

      The USA’s…hollier than thou policies should look at this very closely before creating laws to refuse US gays our natural born rights to US sovereignty. However for states like Hawaii we need to see this as cultural. The Hawaiians have been doing this well before becoming a state and it was honorable as the only culture in the US whose history of “Royal” sovereignty required it as law. Additionally, Hawaii was the only state where gays or the mahuu was treated as royalty in the house of the Royals whose jobs were as scribes to the Kings and Queens, and chiefs. The fight to win back Hawaiian soverignty is a fight to win back our respectable place as the mahuu in Hawaiian culture. True Hawaiians shame on you for turning your back on your culture that once ruled your lands and for what…Primo Beer, plate lunch, shave ice, pot, crime, lies, the common cold, welfare and Mormon living. Don’t tell me that I don’t know what I am saying because as one-half true Hawaiian with Royal heritage as it was scripted by the mahuu of times past…I do know. Growing up and eduacated in Hawaii with higher education in the US, I was wrongly persuaded that Hawaiian History prior to the missionaries was not documented again an attempt to negate the part of the mahuu and suppress the true Hawaiians with twisted thinking. So native US gays fight for the blessings you have achieved thoughout your sovereignty and reclaim what it means to be true Americans. The President has the blessings of both cultures but the challenge is did he learn anything.

      Dec 30, 2009 at 12:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      #3: Because *everyone* is related to everyone else if you go far enough. If you’re going to make incest illegal, you have to define exactly how far removed the relationship has to be for it to be allowed; some say first cousin is far enough removed, and others say it isn’t.

      Dec 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Feefee
      Feefee

      I know we Americans are so quick to judge others and are slaves to our kneejerk reactions based on the myths that were pounded into our heads since birth (like how gay people can give us AIDS by swimming in the same swimming pool as us and how marrying your cousin will give you retarded kids), but I have to point out that if this were a map of the WORLD, the whole world would be blue, except for a few gray spots in middle and northwest of the U.S. and China. First cousin marriage is legal in most of the world and science has long debunked the whole “retarded kids” myth. But you know, it’s just so difficult for us Americans to let go of the prejudices we grow up with? Why is that?

      First cousin marriage was legal everywhere until lawmakers who decided they should butt into the lives of hard-working taxpaying Americans and keep people who love each other from marrying. Sound familiar? There is no hypocrisy here, except for the people who created this, whose outrage that lawmakers are hypocritical is based on the faulty assumption that “Oh God, how can they legalize incest and not gay marriage, how gross!” Most of the world doesn’t think marrying your cousin is incest, and the chances of having deformed children is like having kids when you’re 40. First cousins are not part of the same nuclear family and often don’t grow up in the same household, so why ban it? There is nothing left but the “ew” factor. Apparently, in the U.S., that is enough to keep two people who love each other from marrying. Hello?

      Feb 20, 2010 at 5:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Artiewhitefox
      Artiewhitefox

      Human in religions have lied blue streak about gay sex being bad. The human animals that has sex with a different species is still under attach. The same enemy of the gay, furry, or gay is the same one against the zoosexual too sometimes called a bestialist, but they prefer to be called a zoosexual or zoo for short.

      Why are humans altering dogs,and not calling that abuse? zoosexuality should be legal in California the second anyone reads this. Oppressors are the real Sodom,and Gomorrah humans. Humans against the zoo should hang their heads in shame for tormenting them doing bad to them that our Loving Lord would never do.

      Isaiah 1,KJV,
      10Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
      11To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

      This is not sex at all.

      15And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

      16Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

      17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

      This again is not sex of any kind associated with the Sodom, and Gomorrah humans.

      Oppression of the zoosexual who does not oppress anyone should end tonight in all fifty states,and world. Humanity needs to stop acting like the humans that perished in those two cities. Humans need to learn to do well.

      Dec 26, 2011 at 3:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Artiewhitefox
      Artiewhitefox

      Human in religions have lied blue streak about gay sex being bad. Humans are beginning to love like Jesus loves hugging the gay loving them like they love themselves, but the human animal that has sex with a different species is still under attach. Hateful humans are still against the zoosexual sometimes called a bestialist, but they prefer to be called a zoosexual or zoo for short. The zoo wants to hug all crying one your shoulder with tears of thankfulness. This day give theme Joy.

      Why are humans altering dogs,and not calling that abuse? zoosexuality should be legal in California the second anyone reads this. Oppressors are the real Sodom,and Gomorrah humans. Humans against the zoo should hang their heads in shame for tormenting them doing bad to them that our Loving Lord would never do.

      Isaiah 1,KJV,
      10Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
      11To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

      This is not sex at all.

      15And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

      16Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

      17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

      This again is not sex of any kind associated with the Sodom, and Gomorrah humans.

      Oppression of the zoosexual who does not oppress anyone should end tonight in all fifty states,and world. Humanity needs to stop acting like the humans that perished in those two cities. Humans need to learn to do well.

      Dec 26, 2011 at 3:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Artiewhitefox.
      Artiewhitefox.

      Human in religions have lied blue streak about gay sex being bad. Humans are beginning to love like Jesus loves hugging the gay loving them like they love themselves, but the human animal that has sex with a different species is still under attach. Hateful humans are still against the zoosexual sometimes called a bestialist, but they prefer to be called a zoosexual or zoo for short. The zoo wants to hug all crying on your shoulder with tears of thankfulness. This day give theme Joy.

      Why are humans altering dogs,and not calling that abuse? zoosexuality should be legal in California the second anyone reads this. Oppressors are the real Sodom,and Gomorrah humans. Humans against the zoo should hang their heads in shame for tormenting them doing bad to them that our Loving Lord would never do.

      Isaiah 1,KJV,
      10Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
      11To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

      This is not sex at all.

      15And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

      16Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

      17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

      This again is not sex of any kind associated with the Sodom, and Gomorrah humans.

      Oppression of the zoosexual who does not oppress anyone should end tonight in all fifty states,and world. Humanity needs to stop acting like the humans that perished in those two cities. Humans need to learn to do well.

      Dec 26, 2011 at 3:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Artiewhitefox
      Artiewhitefox

      Human in religions have lied blue streak about gay sex being bad. Humans are beginning to love like Jesus loves hugging the gay loving them like they love themselves, but the human animal that has sex with a different species is still under attach. Hateful humans are still against the zoosexual sometimes called a bestialist, but they prefer to be called a zoosexual or zoo for short. The zoo wants to hug all crying on your shoulder with tears of thankfulness. This day give them Joy.

      Why are humans altering dogs,and not calling that abuse? zoosexuality should be legal in California the second anyone reads this. Oppressors are the real Sodom,and Gomorrah humans. Humans against the zoo should hang their heads in shame for tormenting them doing bad to them that our Loving Lord would never do.

      Isaiah 1,KJV,
      10Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
      11To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

      This is not sex at all.

      15And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

      16Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

      17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

      This again is not sex of any kind associated with the Sodom, and Gomorrah humans.

      Oppression of the zoosexual who does not oppress anyone should end tonight in all fifty states,and world. Humanity needs to stop acting like the humans that perished in those two cities. Humans need to learn to do well.

      Dec 26, 2011 at 3:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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