Professor Spencer, an evolutionary zoologist, said these laws should be repealed, especially in America, where he said they were drafted in a way that discriminated against the rural poor and immigrants: "Neither the scientific nor social assumptions behind such legislation stand up to close scrutiny.
Is dating a second cousin wrong
When a guy ignores your message over something petty, what do you do?
How can I prepare a 8 year girl for a custody battle.
When I was older and found out that I had been crushing on my own bloodline, I freaked out.
It’s true that dating your cousin is legal in some US states. Post your own thoughts and questions in our boards and start chatting with other girls.
That’s quite a big risk to take when you could be with someone who isn’t your cousin.
And when it comes down to it, you’re still related. Unless this is a step cousin, twice removed or something, I think it’s best to avoid flirting and having any non-family relations with your cousin.
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.
However, Professors Paul and Spencer said that the risk of congenital defects is about 2 per cent higher than average for babies born to first-cousin marriages – with the infant mortality about 4.4 per cent higher – which is on a par with the risk to babies born to women over 40.
There is no scientific grounding for it." In the UK, the issue came to the fore when the MP Phil Woolas, now the Immigration minister, claimed earlier this year that first-cousin marriages within Asian communities in Britain resulted in an increasing number of children with health problems.