North Carolina Bans Gay Marriage but You Can Marry Your First Cousin
In an outrageous attempt to regulate religious views, the state of North Carolina banned gay marriage in their constitution, a document many of the voters have never read.
The law basically bans all unions, marriages or relationships unless it is one man and one women, of the sexes. This means, common-law-marriages between a man and a woman is not recognized either.
The kicker is that you can marry your first cousin in North Carolina, so inbreeding is totally legal.
I thought this had to be a joke, you know, a Southern stereotype kind of thing. Surely a state that goes about banning harmless same-sex marriages can’t be promoting inbreeding, which actually does hurt children.
But no, it’s no joke: marriage between cousins is legal in North Carolina. The National Conference of State Legislatures has researched the issue and found that North Carolina lets cousins marry. Preventing harm to North Carolinians’ tender sensibilities is apparently more important than preventing birth defects.