Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 14, 2011 4:00 PM | comments
Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Equality, gay rights, marriage rights
No idea where this chart was displayed, or who displayed it, but it certainly makes its point! Can't help wondering if homophobia is the result of all that inbreeding.
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A bit silly really: the UK has same-sex civil partnerships that are marriage in virtually all but name; while first cousin marriage is permitted both in law and by the rules of the Church of England. South African law provides for full equality of marriage and of civil unions regardless of sex; while first cousin marriages are not prohibited (http://www.dha.gov.za/Marriage certificates.html). Do advocates of same-sex marriage really need to advance our cause by vilifying the marriages of other people?
My link has been broken. Try http://www.dha.gov.za/Marriage%20certificates.html or lest that too break http://goo.gl/Yk2Hv
Now, now, that's hardly fair. Genetically speaking cousin marriage doesn't really have more risks than two unrelated individuals. Maybe if a family makes a habit of cousin marriage. I also am not a fan of one ostracized group attacking another one.
I have just encouraged my fellow New Yorkers on Facebook to send this to their state senators. I could marry my female first cousin in New York but I could not marry the person I loved because it was a man. And my senator sees nothing wrong with that. Sheesh!
Why is marrying one's first cousin, a blood relative, not construed as incest? It makes no sense. To me, marrying any blood relative is incestuous.