Dating your cousin

The researchers found your third or fourth cousin isn’t just safe to marry — they’re your ideal partner.So go start shaking those branches on the other side of the family tree and see what falls out.But paradoxically, in some societies, marrying a related spouse is linked to having more surviving children, research suggests.

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For example, groups that commonly practiced intermarriage between relatives, like the British monarchy, had children with all sorts of nasty genetic problems.

[I Don't: 5 Myths About Marriage] Yet some research suggests an alternative perspective.

The Act, last amended on October 21, 2016, states:23.2 — Marriages of parties within a prohibited relationship are marriages: Between a person and an ancestor or descendant of the person; or Between a brother and sister (whether of the whole blood or the half-blood) Currently, the Act states marriage is "the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life".

The Federal Government announced this week that it would gauge public sentiment on same-sex marriage via a voluntary postal plebiscite.

"There's this counterintuitive finding that higher spousal relatedness is related to higher reproductive success in several humans societies," said Drew Bailey, a psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and co-author of the study detailed May 21 in the journal Biology Letters.

Even in modern, industrialized society, research suggests that people tend to marry others with similar DNA.

Cousinly love In the new study, Bailey and his colleagues examined 46 small-scale societies to compare the effect of inbreeding on the fitness of foragers and non-foragers.

The non-foraging societies included horticulturalists, agriculturalists and herding populations, whereas foraging societies were primarily hunter-gatherers.

This website is unusually popular with the pro-cousin marriage crowd.

In April of 2009, I published a list on 11 State Laws About Marrying Your Cousins, From Strictest to Loosest.

And as a result, marriages between third and fourth cousins produce more children and grandchildren than other couples.