However, you can marry your first cousin in another state and have the marriage recognized as legal and valid in Texas.But, you can still break the law by actually having sex with your first cousin in Texas.For example, one pair of first cousins may have a higher risk for birth defects while another pair may not.
Unfortunately for Ruben, he had a previous felony cocaine conviction.
So that mean this felony was enhanced to a second degree felony, which could have put him in prison for up to 20 years!
While Texas passed this ban only recently, most bans passed shortly after the Civil War when the government aimed to seize control over private lives.
Other nations associated cousin marriage with royalty and the aristocracy, but the US associated it with politically low-powered groups like immigrants and poor people living in the country.
In many states, sex with your cousin is completely legal.
In the South here, states generally have more rigid laws surrounding sexual intercourse between cousins.
He’s quoted as saying in the New York Times:“Cousins don’t get married just like siblings don’t get married. It’s just not the normal accepted thing.”In other words, he didn’t really have a good reason for doing it other than he didn’t like it.
According to the New York Times, a 2002 study published in said the risk of serious birth defects in children between related parents is 1.7 to 2.8 percentage points higher than the risk for children of unrelated parents.
Nevertheless, Texas currently bans marriage between first cousins.
While you can make any number of arguments or jokes about sex between cousins, what isn’t funny is how Texas handles it.
If you’re really curious about what each of the 50 states thinks, you can check out this chart at Wikipedia. As in many other legal matters, we’re pretty strict.