In some cultures and communities, cousin marriage is considered ideal and actively encouraged; in others, it is subject to social stigma.Cousin marriage is common in the Middle East, for instance, where it accounts for over half of all marriages in some countries.The Bible has a great deal to say about cousin marriage, and not once does it say anything negative.To the contrary, all references to cousin marriage in scripture are 100% supportive.Because society kinda has a responsibility to weigh in.As we all know, society is both 1) the tie that binds and nourishes our common humanity; and 2) the bullies that made my prepubescent stature and my early aptitudes for all things academic take the long way around the back of the middle school between classes, just so “society” wouldn’t get any ideas in the halls and single me out for a beating. people with common grandparents or people who share other fairly recent ancestors).
Back then, I was a directionless drunk with weight issues, and was not much of a catch.
In the past, cousin marriage was practiced within indigenous cultures in Australia, North America, South America, and Polynesia.
Various religions have ranged from prohibiting sixth cousins or closer from marrying, to freely allowing first-cousin marriage.
In some countries outside that region, it is uncommon but still legal.
In others, it is seen as incestuous and is legally prohibited: it is banned in China and Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, and in fewer than half of the United States.