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Is having a realtionship with your second cousin wrong and is it incest?

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Question - (24 October 2007) 13 Answers - (Newest, 30 November 2012)
A female United Kingdom age 22-25, anonymous writes:

Is having a realtionship with your second cousin wrong and is it incest?

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A reader, anonymous, writes (30 November 2012):

No its not wrong to go with ur second cousin

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A reader, anonymous, writes (18 June 2010):

First of all it must be legal because Queen Elizabeth II is married to her second cousin Prince Phillip. Their children seem relatively normal. As far as birth defects go a woman giving birth at age 35 has the same chance of birth defects in her child as a woman giving birth to her second cousins baby. Inbreeding occurs when you have a history of cousin relationships. If you parents weren't second cousins and your children dont marry cousins then there will most likely be no problems.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (24 October 2008):

i think its stupid, dont do it. you will hurt not only yourself but it always comes back to haunt you. its not like you can get away with it. people find out and your the one that ends up getting screwed.

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A female reader, DixieGurl1891 United States +, writes (21 August 2008):

U think that if you love them and that your family don't mind it but that's hard to find then go for it. But if you see just wanting to have sex with them then that's ok to but very risky. If you wanna be with them forever then go ahead I have read about it is ok for second cuzinz to get married. But think of the your family first I mean the ones who will judge you or notthe reason I have witten this is to let people know that your family will most likely judge you for being with them I have been there my family hated me but I don't think that you should Let you family make your desicions for you. Only if you are old enough to make your own desicions. Out good luck to everyone. Bye.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (21 May 2008):

i got desame question and were both same age. i really want to have sex with my 2nd cousin cuz she is so hot and nice. im not sure if she likes me back but we do flirt alot but she isnt really into sex but she knws an awful lot about it(i think she likes sex but secretly) my advice is to just do whatever u want to do cuz its ur life and ur choices. just make sure u use protection or suffer the consequences.

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A female reader, piperr Kenya +, writes (28 February 2008):

having sexual relationship with family only brings tension within the family and its disgusting.i did tht with my first cousin and am living with the consequences.its nt worth it.

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A male reader, Karlos Omnis United Kingdom +, writes (24 October 2007):

Karlos Omnis agony auntAs uncle phil quite rightly said, birth defects are far more prominent when you're dipping in the same gene pool as yourself, and that's something you have to bear in mind even if you are careful.

Plus ask yourself do you really see a relationship in the set up, if not you shouldn't waste your time (especially at your young age) and save yourself for a moment that will truly be worth it.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (24 October 2007):

Uncle chris isn't quite correct with his answer.

16 is the minimum legal age for any sexual relationship in the UK. That is to say, you must both be over 16.

Sex with a cousin of any description is not incest under UK law, and is legal in the UK.

A 'cuddling and kissing' relationship with any cousin under the age of 16 is not illegal, but may raise a few eyebrows especially with family members, and more especially if there is a big age gap.

There is an increased risk of stillborn and physically impaired offspring of close relatives in any country.

Phil

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A male reader, Dextro69 United Kingdom +, writes (24 October 2007):

Dextro69 agony auntThis type of relationship is not illeagal or cast as incest.

in fact first cousins are allowed a relationship by law,

but there are concerns as to inbreeding and the health of any children from the relationship with second cousins these concerns are greatly reduced, Tho you are to young at the moment to be doing anything that will lead to children.

As phiatiger says inter family relastionships can destroy families but as its second cousins it should have less of an affect it depends on how your family sees things like this.

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A male reader, agonyunclechris United Kingdom +, writes (24 October 2007):

agonyunclechris agony auntheya

aslong as both of you are over 18

or if you are both under 18

it is fine

but if one of you is over 18 and one of you is under 18

in the eyes of the law it is illegal

also , you must think from a family perspective ?

what will happen if you do have a relationship

think carefully as family are one of the most importaint groups of people to keep close to you

is it all worth it ?

Take care

¬chris¬

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A male reader, agonyunclechris United Kingdom +, writes (24 October 2007):

agonyunclechris agony auntheya

aslong as both of you are over 18

or if you are both under

it is fine

but if one is over 18 and one is under 18

in the eyes of the law it is illegal

also , you must think from a family perspective ?

what will happen if you do have a relationship

think carefully as family are one of the most importiant groups of people to keep close to you

is it all worth it ?

Take care

¬chris¬

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (24 October 2007):

From a legally it's okay to marry a 2nd cousin, but in some societies and cultures its frowned upon! Personally I think its quite gross! When relatives marry and have children, there is an increased likelihood that the children will have genetic defects. There's plenty of fish in the sea and you're only very young!

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A reader, anonymous, writes (24 October 2007):

You are underage so you should be careful what you are getting up to with anyone.

I dont think that there is a legal reason that would stop distant cousins having a relationship but these types of things do destroy families. Just make sure it is really worth it before you cause such upraw.

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