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North Carolina: Where it's okay to commit incest, but who self righteously says no to same sex marriages and civil unions

North Carolina: Where it's okay to commit incest, but who self righteously says no to same sex marriages and civil unions

The cousin lovin' South.  Who doesn't know the South has always been open to marrying cousins?  North Carolina is one of those states, and today they self-righteously beat on their Bibles and prohibited same sex marriage and civil unions.  But rest assured, America.  You can still marry your first cousin in North Carolina..hell.  You can marry your first cousin in any state that allows it–and the following lists make America the biggest religious bigot and hypocrite in the world:

Alaska

California

Colorado

Connecticut

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Maryland

Massachusetts

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina*  ( You can marry your first cousin; you just can't marry your double cousin, born of siblings who marry siblings)

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Vermont

Virginia

States that don't allow cousin marriages, but will look the other way if you do it in a state that does:

Arkansas

Delaware

Idaho

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Dakota

Texas

Washington

West Virginia

Wyoming

 States that allow cousin marriage only if you're past childbearing age (seriously??):

Arizona

Illinois

Indiana

Maine

Utah

Wisconsin

Does it surprise anybody that in the self-righteous Bible thumping America, you can marry your cousin, your FIRST cousin?   No. That's what they do here.  No matter that Leviticus 18:6 says "None of you shall approach your close relatives and uncover their nakedness.  I am the Lord."

And if you marry your cousin in one of these states, and move to another state that prohibits cousin marriage, no worries!  Those states will look the other way and ALLOW it, which is more than they'll do for gay marriages and civil unions.    See map below:

courtesy of Mother Jones

 

About Dakota O'Leary

Dakota O'Leary is a freethinker, and often sassy, scholar of theology and literature. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her Master of Arts degree in Theology and Literature from Antioch University-Midwest. She is a contributing writer focusing on eschatology, biblical prophecy, and general religious news. Dakota is a co-host of the God Discussion radio show, offering insight to the news stories of the week. We like to call her "our in-house Biblical prophecy expert" as her articles on eschatology have received over 200,000 views on God Discussion.
  • Deborah_B

    Great article, Dakota!  Ironically, I was over at a law site researching this very subject — you are correct in your analysis (and saved me some 'writing work').  

  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    lol  Oddly enough, some of my ancestors were from Kentucky and 3 of them were married, kissing cousins. Of course, this was before the 1900s.

  • Sandra Remington

    Thank you, Dakota. Mystery solved.

    I wondered why it took the best part of two years to inform Americans as to whom they should elect as President, whereas those dull-witted French can get the job done and dusted in a matter of weeks ;)

    • Dakotaoleary

      I'm afraid I don't understand your point.

      • Sandra Remington

        I was being silly, Dakota.

        I meant that widespread incest leads to congenital brain defects, (retardation, if you will).

        With so many slow learners about, a prolonged Presidential race becomes a necessity. How else will all those backward folks know who the candidates are?

        Like I said, it's me being silly, and maybe insensitive too. Don't take it seriously :)

        • undergraduate

          What is this, the snarky-man-haters club? Seriously, Sandra, maybe if you tried a little harder you could get one of your dumber cousins (I'm not saying retarded, necessarily) to bump you up a little bit and knock that chip off your shoulder. Now, if I say I'm just being silly, will all be forgiven?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SBDUIQ7H7DG4GROROGH5CEGM5Y Le Ric

    So… one wrong deserves another wrong? Come on… if you're a theology  major, you'd know that NEITHER is right. Push for what is right, not compare one wrong to another wrong.

    • Dakotaoleary

      I believe (although I could be wrong, according to you) that that was the ENTIRE point of my article.  What is right?  Even Jesus did not say when Pontius Pilate asked him….but wait.  I'm sure you have the answer.

      • undergraduate

        Dakota, Dakota, Dakota. Never, never, ever, ever respond. If you must, stick to facts, not snarky crapola like "I'm sure you…." which only serves to reveal the fact that you are a twelve year old.

    • Dakotaoleary

      Neither is right?  I've got 15 states that would disagree with you on cousin marriage, so your whole argument is flawed.

  • Free_Desktop_Dictionary12

    Great article,,,Dakota,,,,since i feel that  information that you have collected is true to my knowledge and also as part of validations of cousin marriages at different parts of USA. 

  • Word_Collage1112

    Great article,,,Dakota,,,,since i feel that  information that you have collected is true to my knowledge and also as part of validations of cousin marriages in different states of US. .

    • undergraduate

      In other words: I agree with you Dakota, so, great article!

  • undergraduate

    Dakota O'Leary is a nitwit, and often silly, maleducated individual who believes she knows something of theology and literature and isn't afraid to disprove that point. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, a third rate school in a second rate system, and her Master of Arts degree in Theology and Literature from Antioch University-Midwest (seriously! k-12, 4 years undergrad, 2 years masters), and hasn't held a steady job in her life. She is a contributing writer focusing on esoteric pabulum like:eschatology (you know you have to look it up), biblical prophecy, and general religious news nobody who actually has a life would have the time to cars about. Dakota is a co-host of the God Discussion radio show, where God actually speaks to them, offering His insight to the news stories of the week, channeled, of course, through our two dwarves. We like to call her "our out-house resident Biblical prophecy pseudo-expert" as her articles on eschatology have received over 200,000 views on God Discussion; proving, that there are more simpletons out there than even you imagined.

    • undergraduate

      P.S. Calling yourself a "freethinker" doesn't excuse sloppy logic, stupidity masquerading as "chic" or erroneous statements. Marriage of relatives has occurred with the blessing of all religions since the dawn of, well, religion. You might know that, no way to tell from your bloviating post. And if you do, criticizing a state for allowing perfectly reasonable unions of men and women in conformance with cultural norms, while prohibiting so-called "marriage" of same sex partners which is contra to gloabally accepted religious and cultural norms is pretty silly and ignorant to boot, wouldn't you agree? Ah, but that's so 'you!"

  • undergraduate

    Gotta go folks, so just ocnsider yourselves BLESSED to have had my brialliant presence for a while.

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