Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Marry whoever you want?

Map courtesy of the New York Times

Oftentimes, same sex proponents point out that everyone should have the right to marry whoever they want regardless of religion, gender, or race. But what about relatives? Here in Texas, Texans are not allowed to marry any relative whether by blood, marriage, or adoption nor are they allowed to marry someone of their own gender. You can't marry your step-dad, cousin, half brother, or your adopted parent's siblings. Although most of us would agree that marrying a close relative is a pretty repulsive idea, it begs the question. Can advocates really carry the argument that we should be able to marry whoever we want? It's definitely a risky argument considering that Science and medicine have proven that the offspring of incest are at risk for genetic defects. Stay tuned...