As the Master pointed out, people in many countries are more relaxed about romantic relationships between cousins than the average American.I'm curious about the prevailing attitudes in the UK.
Opinions and practice vary widely across the world.
In some cultures and communities, cousin marriage is considered ideal and actively encouraged; in others, it is subject to social stigma.
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The group is people who are married to their cousins.Specifically, until the 1860s or so, first cousins commonly married in Europe and the U. Nonetheless, the practice soon fell out of fashion in the United States.Although never outlawed in England, during the second half of the 19 century, many states began to ban marriages between first cousins, as part of a larger movement after the Civil War for greater state involvement in a variety of areas, including education, health and safety.Further, if you include second cousins in the mix, according to the , the increased risks with regards to having children are nearly non-existent in this case compared with non-cousin marriage.Banning Cousin Marriages While there have been instances of the banning of marriage between cousins at various points through history, such as the Roman Catholics banning the practice for a time starting with the Council of Agde in 506 AD, for the most part marriage among cousins has been popular as long as people have been getting married.In fact, it is estimated that as many as 80% of the marriages in human history have been between first or second cousins.