Is it illegal to have sex with a first cousin?

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Is it illegal to have sex with a first cousin?

They are of consenting age.

Asked on July 27, 2011 Kentucky

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am honestly unsure that a law would be written on the books with this type of activity in mind as illegal per se.  The only way that I can gauge if in fact the act would be deemed unlawful in the end is to look at the state laws governing marriages between first cousins.  States do indeed regulate marriage in that way.  In reviewing the state laws in appears that Kentucky seems to be on the stricter end of the spectrum.  They not only prohibit the marriage between first cousins but also the marriage between first cousins once removed.  This being the case I would deduce that having sex with your first cousin may fall under a state law of which I am not aware and so I would try and guide you to refrain from doing so. 


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