Question: Is it legal to marry a third cousin?

In short, yes, it is legal for second and third cousins to marry in the US. The risk of birth defects in children born to first cousins is increased from a baseline of 3-4 percent to 4-7 percent, according to the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

Its legal to marry your cousin in the UK - and it happens more often than you might think. Marriage between cousins is a contentious topic across the globe, but you may be surprised to hear its completely legal in the UK.

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