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In a sparsely-populated county you'd have to look a long ways to marry someone who wasn't related to you.

You can also look it up under "marriage" or "domestic relationships" in the legal statutes for your state (paper copies are found in a state government office).

Regarding your question of the moral consequences of dating your first cousin, it's up to the two of you to know what your values are, what you're thinking about for the future, and what's best for you as individuals, a couple, and a family.

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Dear Alice, What are the pros and cons (legally and morally) of dating your 1st cousin?

Long answer: In 26 out of 50 states in the United States, and many other countries, first cousins can marry.

Second cousins, third cousins, first cousins once removed, and any other cousins except first cousins can marry in all 50 states and every country in the world.

Legally, you can date and be intimate with your first cousin, but if you are considering marriage, laws vary by state and country. S., some states legally forbid first cousins from marrying, some require genetic counseling before legal union can take place, and other states require proof that at least one potential spouse is infertile.

You can find out more about family law in your own state by contacting a legal services office, a law school that offers legal services to students and the public, or searching your state's homepage on the internet.

Newborns with genetic disorders such as spina bifida or cystic fibrosis are more likely to be born of blood relatives because previously unexpressed recessive genes are more likely to appear.

First cousins are two-times more likely to bear offspring with a birth defect than children born of couples who don't share a common grandparent.

A lot of my Monroe County relatives married first cousins.