Dating non blood related family
The Bible commands us to obey the laws of the nation we live in (Romans 13:1-6).Most laws recognize second cousins as sufficiently separate to allow marriage.First cousins are two-times more likely to bear offspring with a birth defect than children born of couples who don't share a common grandparent.If cousin couples happen to be carrying known genetic diseases, the risks faced by their offspring can jump.With a clearer picture of the risks your offspring might face, a counselor can help you reach a decision that makes sense for you, your partner, and if you choose to go down that path, your children as well.You can learn more about genetic counseling by visiting the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.The reason we should not do it is that it is unsafe genetically.Further, most nations today have strict laws against marriage between close relatives.
You can also look it up under "marriage" or "domestic relationships" in the legal statutes for your state (paper copies are found in a state government office).
We have that "don't care" attitude on what others say or think about our relationship, but are curious anyway. Dear Jus' need advice from a 3rd party..., Negative reactions to cousins who pair off stem largely from the belief that children from such relationships may have physical and/or mental abnormalities.
Newborns with genetic disorders such as spina bifida or cystic fibrosis are more likely to be born of blood relatives because previously unexpressed recessive genes are more likely to appear.
In that passage, we are commanded not to marry a parent, a step-parent, a grandchild (and, understood, a grandparent), a sibling, a brother or sister of a parent (i.e., an aunt or uncle), or a half-sibling.
Marriage between cousins is nowhere forbidden in the Bible.Dear Alice, What are the pros and cons (legally and morally) of dating your 1st cousin?