BBC NEWS | UK | Call to outlaw cousins marrying: “It follows BBC research into British Pakistanis, at least 55% of whom are thought to be married to first cousins.
The research found British Pakistani families were 13 times more likely to have children with recessive gene illnesses than the general population. “
It’s wierd when stories like this pops up, I never even knew that the marriage of first cousins was in any way still a practice, apart from redneck hillbillies who are particularly gifted with the banjo. I never even knew it was still legal in the UK for first cousins to marry.
But is a change in law appropriate? Probably, though it will cost votes. But surely more important is educating people as to why this is bad; a lesson I thought people had learnt by now.