Hands up who thought about dating their cousin? In the UK it is legal to marry your cousin; in parts of West Africa there's a saying, "Cousins are made for cousins"; but in America it is banned or restricted in 31 states. Restrictions include genetic counselling or that couples are past the age of reproduction. I've never lusted after my cousins, and I'm confident the feeling is mutual. My cousins are people I've known from childhood; I've been bathed with them and we've accompanied each other to weddings and funerals.
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In the United States , the legality of incest varies widely between jurisdictions regarding both the definition of the offense and penalties for its commission. In all but two states and the special case of Ohio, which "targets only parental figures" ,  incest is criminalized between consenting adults. In New Jersey and Rhode Island, incest between consenting adults 16 or over for Rhode Island, 18 or over for New Jersey is not a criminal offense, though marriage is not allowed in either state. New Jersey also increases the severity of underage sex offenses by a degree if they are also incestuous, and criminalizes incest with year olds the normal age of consent in New Jersey is Ohio allows incest between consenting adults only when one party is not a parental figure see table below to the other. As of [update] , cases of incest involving consenting adults are often not revealed to outside parties, and therefore prosecutions of these cases do not frequently occur.
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Is it legal and morally acceptable to marry your cousin? The answer varies depending upon your definition of the word "cousin," your location, and your personal or cultural beliefs. There are many degrees and types of cousins.
Whether it is legal to marry a relative can vary depending on where you live. In some cultures, it can be looked down upon for cousins to marry cousins. Many have rules and laws against incest close relatives marrying one another.