Not surprisingly, the economy has played a part in long distance relationships.However, another factor has also been responsible for the increasing numbers of long distance relationships — the Internet.One of the myths around long distance relationships is that they are always or more likely to fail than other kinds of relationships.
For your reference, this increase in birth defect rate is about the same as the increased risk of a woman having a baby when she is 40 vs. Proponents here point out that few would advocate banning a 40 year old woman from having children. In fact, in a number of countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Yemen and in the Palestinian Territories, paternal parallel cousin marriage is the preferred form of consanguineous marriage.They also point to recent testing that placed the increased risk of spina bifida and cystic fibrosis at only 1.7% -2.8% higher than for children of unrelated parents. Cousin Marriages Today Globally, cousin marriages are still going strong, with an estimated 10% of all marriages in the world being between cousins, and has high as 50% in some regions of the world.The parents of parallel cousins are also siblings but are of the same sex (this chart may help explain). First cousins marrying in 21 century America discover that many states no longer regulate the practice.In cultures where cross cousins are encouraged and parallel discouraged, it is often an inherited taboo, passed down from when there was greater inter-marriage and inter-mingling among the members of an extended family – with a greater chance that first cousins could also be half-siblings: Fathers who are also brothers may overtly or covertly share sexual relations with the wife of one or the other . Likewise, most sects of Christianity do not forbid it, which would be hard to do given cases like Isaac and Rebekah in the Book of Genesis.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.For instance, the Methodist Church, has “no official position on marriage between cousins.” Nonetheless, it’s not easy being in a first cousin marriage in some regions of the world.As one man in such a relationship recently discussed, some members of the couple’s immediate family no longer speak to them and have never met the couple’s children.In modern western society, marrying your cousin is not well accepted, particularly in the United States.Through a combination of old prejudices and present-day conventional wisdom about inherited birth defects, first cousin marriage is seen by many as a little too close for comfort, as well as a bad idea if you want children.A recent report on births in a British-Pakistani community (where first cousin marriage is very common) demonstrated that first cousin children there were twice as likely to be born with “potentially life threatening birth defects” as compared with the children of unrelated parents. [unless a] mother had a brother whose wife was impregnated by [mother’s husband].